I’m “Out of the Box” – how about you?

In the narrow old days, before the advent of all these social media tools, most of us had a very defined and constrained outlet (if any) for our creativity. Our jobs required that we occupy a certain role, and if we were lucky, one or even two creative strengths might get exercised.

And might get noticed by a handful.

With few exceptions (artists and musicians who became famous, the idle wealthy, etc.), whatever talents we had tended to stay in a box, or slowly decay due to lack of nutrients. My father was an inveterate tinkerer and a closet inventor, who had some pretty cool ideas – virtually none of which saw the light of day outside of his shed, and the eyes of his boys.

Now, if I have an idea, or a picture, or just about anything else, it can be moments from conception to birth. Talent has immediate outlets, and a potentially exponentially-growing audience.

Instead of having my “voice” pent-up and unheard, I now struggle with which “voices” to let out at any given time. The marketer? The professional? The comedian? The friend? The family man? The philosopher? In fact, they all end up coming out of the box, because they’re all…me. If anyone looked back on my posts and tweets and comments over the past few weeks, they’d have a hard time classifying me into any narrow box. And that is probably true of you, too. I say – good!

It’s nice to stand here with the cardboard pieces scattered about.

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About Steve Woodruff
Steve Woodruff is a blogger, a Connection Agent, and a consultant in the pharma/healthcare industry. He specializes in helping people and companies make mutually beneficial connections.

2 Responses to I’m “Out of the Box” – how about you?

  1. EPORIA says:

    What a great photo…pretty much sums things up. It’s about time we all shackle off our boxes and embrace the all too powerful reality of social media!

  2. Steve, the more I read your posts, the more it seems we’re cut from the same cloth.

    My dad invented a grease-free donut machine in the late 50’s, way before anyone thought about fats, unsaturated or otherwise.

    He modeled a woman’s handbag with a light inside, rigged to glow when the handbag opened. Saw one at a store in’06.

    Mom finally turned off the money tap when he asked for cash to corner the wild rice market via a farm in Nebraska.

    No wonder people like us have multi-interests, and talents.

    I wouldn’t have it any other way and imagine you think likewise.



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