Young children are like sponges, full of optimistic curiosity that fuels their confidence to be creative. But as they get older, they lose that magical openness, and, for many, the door to creativity closes very early. It starts in elementary school when the need to fit in comes from peers and parents, to get the grades and tick the boxes. Taking risks and asking why becomes less important than knowing the answer and conforming. In a world where ticking boxes is rewarded, we’re not encouraging people to come to work with that passionate childlike curiosity because it’s not encouraged in our education system.
I’ve got to start the habit of embracing my ignorance and curiosity.