Kid President on Creativity

While almost any day seems like a good day to hear from Kid President, Fridays work especially well. And so today it’s Kid President on how to be an inventor. Or, really, Kid President on creativity. Three things that struck me, and then I’ll stop and just ask you to watch and enjoy the four-minute video:

1) You can’t be afraid to make mistakes if you want to invent something awesome. Mistakes come with experimenting. Indeed, you learn the most from your mistakes. As Kid President says, “It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s not okay to give up.”

2) You don’t have to do this alone. In fact, it’s really hard to. The idea of the solitary genius persists, but the truth of the matter is that good ideas usually grow through collaboration and conversation. Creativity is, as I’ve said before, highly combinatorial. So when you get stuck, get some help. Talk with other people who love ideas and are interested in yours. You’ll be surprised how many there are.

3) Some of our most creative inventors are our youth. Kids are full of great ideas, many that adults tell them won’t work. So when a kid comes to you with what sounds like a crazy idea, instead of quashing that creativity, try to help them get started, point them toward resources, and support them. Maybe it won’t work – in which case they’re still learn a lot and come to trust both you and their creativity ability – but maybe it will.

Okay, enough. On to Kid President…

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