"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Friday, May 22, 2009


Most of us are probably familiar with the 'Nine Dots Matrix' exercise, where we are specifically asked to connect all nine dots with just four lines without lifting the pencil or pen.

Notice that the only way to connect all the nine dots with just four lines is to go beyond the imaginary boundaries of the dots. This is where the saying 'Thinking Out of the Box' most likely came about.

Dilip Mukerjea, writing in the introduction of 'Surfing the Intellect: Building Intellectual Capital for a Knowledge Economy', has drawn an analogy from this simple exercise, using circles instead of dots, to help readers to tackle challenges and opportunities.

Most people often unwittingly box themselves up, when dealing with the world out there, as if they were boxed in a coffin of existence.

The 'Nine Dot Matrix' exercise gives a good illustration.

Conversely, the author argues in his wonderful book, when people perform with energy, enthusiasm and entrepreneurial zeal, they emerge as titans of the human spirit. This is because they believe they are contributing to a purpose outside of and larger than themselves.

Below, the author shows how you can liberate yourself from the straitjacket of dead souls, so to speak!

Henceforth, the commonly perceived Boundaries of Existence is more than just these nine miserable circles above.

When trapped, escape at first seems impossible. It then appears improbable.

Keep thinking.

Your mind will generate an INSIGHT about the present; this swiftly connects to your Vision.


Your Vision now links up with your FORESIGHT about the future.

Keep moving.

Propelled by your Vision, SUCCESS becomes inevitable.

Don’t stop! Keep moving.

Ask yourself: “Am I successfull, or am I a success fool?”

The real box of life is out there, infinite and replete with possibilities, not a coffin of dead souls.

[All the images in this post are the intellectual property of Dilip Mukerjea.]

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