Think outside the box

A bit of a dilemma!

See if you can use a bit of lateral ‘out of the box’ thinking to resolve this human dilemma

Think outside the box.  Picture showing thinking out of the box
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You are driving your car down the road on a wild, stormy night, when, as you come to pass a bus-stop, you see three people waiting for the bus.  These are:

  1. A very frail elderly lady who looks as if she is about to die.
  2. An old friend who once saved your life.
  3. The perfect partner, the person you have been dreaming about.

You decide to help but your car will only take one passenger so here’s the dilemma – which one are you going to choose to offer a ride to?

Think about this before you continue reading…

This moral/ethical dilemma was once actually used as part of a job application.  The options are that you could pick up the elderly lady, because she needs help most, and thus you should save her first.  Or you could take the old friend because they once saved your life, and this would be the perfect chance to pay them back.  However, you may never be able to find your perfect mate again and opportunity knocks.

What are you going to do!?

Well the candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with an answer.

His answer was: ‘I would give the car keys to my old friend and let him take the lady to the hospital.  Meanwhile I would stay behind and wait for the bus with the partner of my dreams.’

Sometimes, we gain more if we are able to give up our stubborn thought limitations.

Never forget to ‘think outside of the box’ – you might surprise yourself.


The way we think and react is driven largely by our subconscious mind – it’s what we tend to do on ‘auto pilot’ so this can mean it is not so easy for us to think outside of the box we have created.  Read how self-help through self-hypnosis and subliminal persuasion can help change the way we think – particularly towards expecting improving, positive outcomes.

Article by FON

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