Think Outside the Box

You know the classic egg drop, where you're given materials and have to build the safest way for an egg to be dropped a floor or two and the winners are the ones with the unbroken egg? Most people build some sort of cushioning device in the hopes that all the layers will protect the egg. Some people will add a sort of parachute to that.

Then there are those who prove their ingenuity.

Tonight I saw one team do the typical cushioning around the egg, but then for the egg drop, they had wrapped one end of a roll of tape around the cushioning, and then they used the roll of tape to lower the egg to the ground. It was incredibly clever.

They won.

Ingenuity is always great to see. It advances us and brings about new ways to solve problems. You never know what will happen when you think outside of the box.

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.


George S. Patton