We are all creative, but by the time we are three or four years old someone has knocked creativity out of us. Some people shut up the kids who start to tell stories. Kids dance in their cribs, but someone will insist they sit still. By the time the creative people are ten or twelve, they want to be like everyone else.
Dr. Angelou really gets at the core of an issue! Watch children at any location and they will find a way to make their environment work for them. Give kids a cardboard box and they will make a game out of it. Children have a natural ability to create and innovate. They have not been spoiled by years of conformity, blindly following established policies and procedures. These masters of creativity and innovation teach us the following four lessons:
- Try the unorthodox;
- Work with what you have; and
- Challenge the accepted.
Children are the best teachers on what it takes to be creative and innovative. We should learn from the masters!