“Offbeat ideas are often the best ideas, because the solution to your problem is usually not the obvious one!” – Futurist Jim Carroll
So I had a friend go for a holiday with her family in Newfoundland, Canada. For some reason which mystifies me, they forgot to arrange for a car rental. Given that it’s the busiest tourist season on “The Rock,” availability was scarce. She put out a plea for transportation ideas on Facebook. While many people suggested she contact other people to see if they might have any ideas, I told her to contact U-Haul. They’ve got vehicles, they’re cheap, and they are probably available. They were. Problem solved! The thing is, she thought she was looking for a *car* rental company – but she was really looking for a *transportation* rental company. She just needed to change the question. Many times, we’ll be boxed in on our thinking by preconceived notion as to what the question is, and we will struggle to find an answer. My solution? Ask a different question. Change the question. Start with a different question. Just be different! The logical conclusion of such a thought process is that the answer to your question will be entirely different, once you start with an entirely different question! It also goes to the idea of asking better questions! Today? Ask yourself different questions, and seek the non-obvious answers. The results might astound you!