An Entire Generation of Innovators

The public school system highly values structure and conformity.  The more closely you can follow instructions, the more highly you are praised.  The more accurately you can regurgitate information, the better your grades.  Many of us spent a good deal of our childhood learning these skills, and we have gotten quite good at them.  Do what you’re told.  Memorize this.

When I look at successful people, I see that for the most part, they are innovators.  They are on the cutting edge.  They have something bold and new and different.  Something that makes you say “Hey, I didn’t know you could do it that way!”

In other words, to be successful, you have to do the exact opposite of what you have been taught to do your entire life.

These successful people are going against the grain.  They are fighting years of brain-training.  They face the fear of failure, and rejection.

But, what if instead of demanding obedience, we gave our children freedom?  What if we encouraged individualism, and creative problem solving?  What if we told our children that failure was not something to be afraid of, but a stepping stone to success?  Could the world handle an entire generation of innovators?