You may have read about an incident that occurred long ago when the streets of a great city were first laid out. A huge granite boulder was lying in the way of an intended principal avenue, and bids were advertised for its removal.
All proposals from the original contractors were exorbitantly high because there was no mechanical means for removal of the boulder; no hard steel for drilling or cracking the stone; and, no explosives except an inferior black powder for entertainment.
Finally, an insignificant peasant appeared and offered to remove the boulder for a small fraction of the sum quoted by the other bidders. Since the risks were low, the city government authorized him to try his luck.
The man rounded up some other peasants with spades and timbers, and they began digging a deep hole next to the rock. When the hole was deep enough, pre-set props were knocked out and the boulder was peacefully rolled to its grave, where it rests to this day below the street level.
The original contractors had viewed this problem in only two dimensions: HOW & WHERE to remove the huge granite boulder to some other place -- on the surface of the earth. However, with some creative thinking the peasant got to the root of the real problem and perceived a third dimension. And thus, discovered a unique and better solution.
You may not have a problem quite like the above. But often a helping hand and a fresh point-of-view can be greatly appreciated when solving a boulder-sized problem of which you may not even be aware.
Sign up to hear from us.