Acting outside of the box.

I first heard that phrase in the 4 Hour Work Week. Of all the great advice in that book this phrase really hit home for me.

I’m a brainstormer at heart.  Ask my husband, he’ll tell you I have no filter.  I just LOVE to talk about ideas.  I honestly don’t know where they come from… solutions just seem to come to me and I feel compelled to share.  But what really motivates me is an IDEA IN ACTION!  You know that moment when a solution you brought to the table worked and made a difference.   It’s a fantastic feeling!

I get really pumped about my ideas but they can fall on deaf ears.  Sometimes people don’t know they are in a box.  I was having lunch with someone not too long ago and she was telling me how she wanted to change the color of her kitchen.  However, she didn’t want to waste time painting the kitchen because she really just wanted to move the cupboards around and change the flooring.  “How long have you wanted to do that?” I asked.  “Oh, since we moved in… 30 years ago” she said.   She is in a box.  My thought is PAINT THE WALLS!!  In fact, I think doing something creates momentum and I bet everything else on the wish list would get done too.  Would the paint get messed up?  YES.  Would it be worth it? YES!!

I have two questions for you.

  1. Do you find yourself in a box sometimes?
  2. Are you ready to act outside of it?

Here is my challenge.  Do something you’ve never done before?  Go to and find a local group that interests you and attend a meeting.  Go to a music concert that you never purposefully listened to before.  How about going skydiving or taking an art class?  Take action!  I decided I wanted to learn the violin… I KNOW crazy right!  I picked up my violin last Friday and I’m having a lesson tomorrow.  I have no idea what I’m doing today… but tomorrow I might.  Wish me luck!

To Your Financial Health!

Tami Ross

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