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  • Writer's pictureMichael Kennedy

Stay Young, Stay Curious, Stay Amazing

Updated: Jul 31, 2021

“All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.”

~ Pablo Picasso.

With more than 71 million views, Sir Ken Robinson, author of Finding Your Element and other books on creativity in education, ranks at the top of the most viewed TED Talks of all time. He believes creativity in education is as important as literacy, and "we should treat it with the same status."

Sir Ken shares a story about a little 6-yr-old girl who was drawing something in the back of her classroom. The teacher asked her, "What are you drawing?" The young girl said, "I'm drawing a picture of God." And the teacher said, "But nobody knows what God looks like." And the girl said, "They will in a minute!"

“What really drives education is curiosity, trying to fill gaps in our understanding,” Sir Ken says, “And the world around us is a tremendous resource to stimulate that curiosity.” The challenge we face is remaining curious as we get older. Or, as Picasso says, "remaining an artist as we grow up." As we get punished in our educational system, (and by our friends and foes) for being wrong, we become less curious and we take less chances.

"If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original," Says Sir Ken. More often than not we forget this capacity as we get older. We take less chances. We don't leap as much. We stop filling gaps in our understanding.

“The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.” ~ Stephen Nachmanovitch

Remain young. Remain curious. Make mistakes. Fill the gaps in your understanding. And by all means possible, stay amazing.

Note: It's my daughter, Morgan's, birthday today (July 21, 2021). She's the youngest 20 year-old I know, and I'm proud of it.

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