Thinking Out of the Box or Creative Thinking-What is Out Of Box Thinking

In a small Indian town, some years ago, a small business man took a large sum of money as a loan from a money lender. 

The money lender was a very old, unattractive, ugly person who wanted to marry the business man’s daughter.

One day he made an offer to the businessman that would completely wipe out the debt he owed him. 

However, the deal was that he would only wipe out the debt if he could marry the businessman’s daughter.

Needless to say, this proposal was very disgusting.

The money lender said that he would place two pebbles into a bag, one white and one black.

The daughter would then have to pick out a pebble from the bag. 

If it was black, the debt would be wiped, but the money lender would then marry her. 

If it was white, the debt would also be wiped, but the daughter wouldn’t have to marry the money lender.

Standing on a pebble-strewn path in the businessman’s garden, 

the money lender bent over and picked up two pebbles.

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When he was picking the pebbles up, the daughter noticed that he’d picked up two black pebbles and placed both of them into the bag.

He then asked the daughter to reach into the bag and pick one.

The daughter naturally had three choices as to what she could have done:

Refuse to pick a pebble from the bag.

Take both pebbles out of the bag and expose the money lender for cheating.

Pick a pebble from the bag fully well knowing it was black and sacrifice herself for her father’s freedom.

But he thought out of the box.

She drew out a pebble from the bag, and before looking at it ‘accidentally’ dropped it into the midst of the other pebbles. 

She said to the money lender;

“Oh, I am sorry, but don’t mind, you can see the left one in the bag, and then you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”

The pebble left in the bag is obviously black, and seeing as the money lender didn’t want to be exposed, he had to play along as if the pebble the businessman’s daughter dropped was white, and cleared her father’s debt.

Now learn the lesson of the story:

It’s always possible to overcome a tough situation through out of the box thinking, and not give up the only options you think you have to pick from.

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