The box mentality

4 min readJan 7, 2023

“You can’t force creatives into a box. If you try, they’ll no longer be creative. And no one will want your box.” -Ryan Lilly

“The box mentality”

Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a fucking sharp knife to it.” — Banksy

“The box mentality”

“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” — Earl Nightingale

The box mentality thinking is all up to you. You can think inside the box or you can think outside of the box. However, there is a question that you seriously need to consider and answer honestly to the best of your ability.

What are you willing to give up in order to get what you want?

It’s called a worthy ideal and this is usually out of the box for the most part.

Something that is worth your time, money, persistence, and determination etc.

Absolutely everyone has experienced failure in his or her pursuit of success. Experiencing failure early in life creates a catalyst for either growth or death. There will always be challenges, obstacles and mountains to move, however failing is a part of succeeding and you can’t have one without the other.

Think of a coin.

There are two sides and you can’t have one without the other. The more that one fails, the more that one succeeds but the wins will far outweigh the losses.

It’s all about present circumstances and one’s ability to compartmentalize.

Present circumstances do not count as they are always changing.

But who wants to fail?

People everywhere on the planet will do everything in their power to avoid failure. They will take shortcuts, create maneuvers and avoid obstacles at every turn.

However, this strategy ultimately derails their success. They believe that they are in the process of circumvention however that is not reality.

Rationalization comes into play and non-reality becomes reality.

Rationalization is the input of non-truths to the conscious mind.

Essentially, they are lies and not truths. Ultimately, most people give up and pack up their suitcase. They will rationalize with hundreds of excuses why they couldn’t do what they wanted to do.

When an individual realizes that failure is a definite part of success everything starts working the way it was intended.

So what are you going to do with your box as the flaps are open for a reason.

Carpe Momentum.

Yours in success,

Franco Cianflone


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