Constraining vs. Competence

I was speaking with someone this afternoon who shares my desire not to be too boxed in.

Both of us know that it’s good to explore widely and commit at times and in certain places — and the challenge is knowing when to take which strategy.

As we wrestled with our instinctive reluctance to be put in a box, I realized there’s probably a good “what’s it for?” question buried in this.

If it’s simply to satisfy someone who can only see the world in boxes, it’s probably best to seek an alternate route.

But if it’s simply to demonstrate competence in a verifiable way, or to help someone understand your position and positioning, embracing a box — at least for a moment — might be helpful to everyone.