THE BOX (Read time 0:33) Inside The Box: where the “known” lives.Outside The Box: where “uncertainty” lurks. Inside The Box: the “right way to go.”Outside The Box: frowned upon by the others.    Inside The Box: common sense at work.Outside The Box: nonsense at play. Inside The Box: withheld expression.Outside The Box: full self-expression. Inside The Box: requires conformity.Outside The Box: requires courage. Inside The Box: incarcerated.Outside The Box: liberated. Inside The Box: where the Caterpillar dwells.Outside The Box: where the Butterfly soars. While others insist on “tried & true,” artist & entrepreneurs get anxious and antsy when confined to any kind of regular routine. And while it’s the destiny of the others to maintain the status quo, it’s the destiny of artist & entrepreneurs to climb out of the box and report back to us what they find—through their lyrics, screenplays, art, books, music, movies, websites and extraordinary products and services. So, are you in or out?
J Michael Dolan

THE BOX (Read time 0:33)

Inside The Box: where the “known” lives.
Outside The Box: where “uncertainty” lurks.

Inside The Box: the “right way to go.”
Outside The Box: frowned upon by the others.   

Inside The Box: common sense at work.
Outside The Box: nonsense at play.

Inside The Box: withheld expression.
Outside The Box: full self-expression.

Inside The Box: requires conformity.
Outside The Box: requires courage.

Inside The Box: incarcerated.
Outside The Box: liberated.

Inside The Box: where the Caterpillar dwells.
Outside The Box: where the Butterfly soars.

While others insist on “tried & true,” artist & entrepreneurs get anxious and antsy when confined to any kind of regular routine. And while it’s the destiny of the others to maintain the status quo, it’s the destiny of artist & entrepreneurs to climb out of the box and report back to us what they find—through their lyrics, screenplays, art, books, music, movies, websites and extraordinary products and services.

So, are you in or out?


COMMENTS


Posted By Kai Brant
The Box
I really needed to read this today... the unknown definitely feels scary. I am that person that is not satisfied with the 'constant' and have thought this to be a fault. Your words encourage me to use this frame of mind to my full advantage, and to become more proactive in finding new ways of manifesting realities.


Posted By Paula Maya
THE BOX
Thanks Michael! I needed to read this. Especially after opening my hospital bill, from being in the emergency area for less than 2 hours to get 4 stitches on my chin. What a scam health care is here! Courage comes to me more naturally than conformity. paz!


Posted By Walter Sargent
Life and death
While I appreciate really good "in the box" art, I think 'marketing it' is a lot more challenging. How does one 'stand out' doing the same old thing? Show me something that defies comparison and I'll spread the word.


Posted By James McMann
50/50
I'm a 50/50 guy. When I'm working the "show" part of my career I'm out of the box. But when I do the "business" side I'm all IN!


Posted By wichampi
Box
Do creative people even need to have this conversation ?


Posted By Kenny Kay

Another nice piece! Dug the in/out box thing!


Posted By Jeannie
The Box
Wow, I love that! Do you mind if I put a link to this on my blog? Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and wisdom. :) jw


Posted By Bill
Inovation
All inovation comes from thinking outside the box. It is the nature of human beings as tool makers. When artists do it , it is incredible. They are able to communicate through their art and inspire us to look at something in a new way giving us a new perspective. Many now well known painters and sculptures did it; often dying poor. Eistein did it. It is tough to do it as a songwriter. And the the truth is that all creative endevers require extreme discipline and craft before one can attempt to explore what is outside the box.


Posted By Kingvegas
out of the box
If you can turn "out of the box" into a paycheck it's cool. Otherwise it can be a bit challenging and scary. My answer is to follow my stream of consciousness and success in the directions that it leads me. Part of my "artistic" goals are business-related so being able to sit on both sides of the speakers helps.


Posted By Sherrie
out of the box
As an artist, I can't confine myself to staying in the box. The artist in me can't breathe, much less create, by staying in the box.


Posted By Robbin Michael Wagner
Little Boxes
http://www.RobinMichaelWagner.tumblr.com Hi Michael, I am OUT. Thank you, Robbin


Posted By Kaleo
Life, Love, and Laughter
Thanks J, always a good reminder and motivator. Left the high paying, routine of the corporate world to follow my dream of artistry and the butterfly is finding his wings. Check it out: www.ArtworkbyKaleo.com


Posted By ORACLE
OUT!
Thanks again J Michael. Your posts are always so thought provoking. If you're in L.A. and not busy on Saturdays, I invite you to come out to Piccolo's Books at the Howard Hughes Promenade.(FORMERLY BORDERS). I host an open mic there. Doors open a t 8:30PM and we hit at 9PM. It would be so awesome if you were to come out and share your bits of wisdom as you do here on your Blog. I'm just saying....ORACLE


Posted By Dylan Glanzer
Outta here!
Thanks for this post! Like poetry! THIS made me smile and is just what I needed to hear. I am going to print it and put it on my wall. I am SO outta here! Outta the box, if that wasn't clear. You rock, Michael!


Posted By Mario Vickram Sen
Inside, outside
Sometimes boxes can be useful. Even if you don't want to be confined to "the box," don't limit yourself to just outside the box. Inside the box is also tradition, and tried and true templates of how things work. Know your craft before you learn to fly. Limiting yourself to only outside the box can be just as problematic as only inside the box. Lets face it, there really is no box, just the things we do or don't do. Sometimes definitions and words can get us into a lot of trouble. Maybe defining things so rigidly as either inside or outside the box is a bit "inside the box."


Posted By paul carlsen
The Box
Interesting how a business that was a welcoming home to the rebellious and experimentally-minded when i started in the early 70's, has become a bastion of worshipful corporate-culture and conformity as well as a technical orthodoxy and an ersatz technical "priesthood". Ugh!


Posted By radfax
Boxes
There are no boxes only prisons that we build


Posted By Michael Kac
Cliché
I'm not the one who first said this, though I wish I were: everyone who uses the expression 'outside the box' is in the box.


Posted By Matt Moran
Throw Away The Box
For years I've given a presentation titled, "Throw Away The Box: The TAO of Innovation & Creativity". It started when an attendee at another workshop asked what my parents had done (and what I had done with my kids) to get me to think outside the box. My response: No one ever told me there was a box.


Posted By Ken Budka
Love being a reporter
Especially meaningful is the responsibility of artists to climb out of the box and report back to the status quo all of the magic that lurks outside the lines...


Posted By Rachel
There's a lot of light...out here...
I can breathe... Loved the poem:-) Thank you Michael!


Posted By Uke Jackson
Out
I'm definitely outside the box -- musician, novelist, playwright, band leader. I've given up waiting for my "big break". Now it's all about the ride -- which is definitely an "out of the box" attitude in this society.


Posted By Rami
Outside
I like to think of myself as being this great creative film maker who lives out of the box every day. But the truth is, I often find myself taking the safe and proves path a lot of the time, especially when I'm spending other peoples money.


Posted By Randhal W.
Both
I go back and forth. Is that healthy? I run a music management co. and most of the time I have to be creative on the spot and come up with ideas that are "out of the box." But as a business person I also find that it's important to make "common sense" decisions too.

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• IS IT WORTH IT? (read time :49)
• THE 24 HOUR RULE (read time 2:21)
• MONK ON THE MOUNTIAN (read time: a lifetime)
• “IT” (read time 1:37)
• BORN TO SHOW (read time 3:37)
• THE STING OF REJECTION (read time 1:13)
• LESSON FROM A ROCK STAR (Read time 0:27)
• THUMB POWER (read time 1:59)
• EXPOSING THE WIZARD (read time (1:13)
• HEY, WHAT’S THE BIG IDEA? (read time 1:37)
• THE WAITING WARRIOR (Read time 0:41)
• PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK (read time :57 sec)
• AUTONOMY HIGHWAY (read time :35 sec)
• LIMPIDITY (read time :45 sec)
• WHY I MEDITATE (read time 1:00 min)
• YOUR SHADOW AGENDA (Read time 0:59)
• WHY I SOLD MY BUSINESS (read time 6:33)
• BARENAKED PROBITY (read time 1:47 min)
• THE FANTASIES OF POSSIBILITY (read time 4:17 min)
• THE TUG OF WAR (read time 5:09 min)