In the last few years, I have been spending more and more time on YouTube. I consider it one of my favorites because it illustrates the limitless capacity of human creativity.. 79% of internet users have their own channel with 2.3 billion users worldwide. Among young people, YouTube is the most popular video hosting platform and second largest search engine. Interesting to note is that it is most popular among those without formal education, and yet, it is very informative place where you can learn just about anything. It allows users to search within it for videos on a wide range of academic subjects. Most of the content is aimed at university-level students, but may be accessible for younger ones, too. It causes a bit of a threat to formal education and most schools will block YouTube because they see inappropriate content as being too accessible.
Coaching and education are my two areas of interest mainly because education leads us into the future that so many of us fear. Children entering school today will retire in 2082. What will the world be like in 2025? I find the unpredictability extraordinarily disturbing and wonder what it is and how do we know what to teach our children, given the incredible capacity for creativity they possess. Some of them have incredible talents, but few have parents who have recognized those talents and allowed them to nurture them. The rest of the children we squander pretty ruthlessly.
Have you ever been told at a dinner party or other great event that someone works in education? It hasn't occurred to me. The dinner parties are not attended by people in education. And even if they are and you ask them "What do you do?" You can see their blood draining from their face as they say, "I work in education." But if you ask about their education they pin you to the wall.
This is not to say that education is pointless. My point is that creativity deserves the same respect as literacy.
As children, my two daughters said ridiculous things from time to time. When they were 3 and 5 years old, I witnessed an interesting conversation between them. One of my daughters was crying, and another asked her to stop, saying it hurts her brain. "You don't even have a brain! ", the other exclaimed.
Another conversation between them concerned a boy from preschool that one of my daughters had a crush on. The other girl, a bit jealous of not getting the attention of her sister commented that this boy is ugly and should be featured on the discovery channel.
It may have been wrong to say both things, but the kid does not know that, so it will take a chance. If they don't know, they will have a go at it. They are not scared of being wrong. Clearly, being wrong is not the same as being creative, but what we do know is that you will never come up with anything original if you are not prepared to be wrong.
When children become adults, most of them lose this ability because they are afraid of making a mistake. In our organizations, we stigmatize mistakes. Additionally, we run our education system where mistakes are the worst possible thing that can happen. Thus, we are depriving people of their creativity as a result.
A Greek physicist, engineer, astronomer and mathematician, Archimedes of Syracuse is considered to be the greatest mathematician of all time, for he used his own experiments to prove his theories. Leonardo Da Vinci had no formal education beyond reading, writing, and math; he was self-educated due to the fact that he not only questioned everything around him, but also physically searched for answers... Leonardo's creativity and imagination knew no bounds, whether it was painting, dissection, or flying machines. Modern-day Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are examples of people who also dropped out of school to follow their creativity and instincts. They almost seem like they grew up without any parents. Can you imagine Shekespeare’s dad sending him to bed at 7 PM, saying: “Put down the pen, and stop speaking like that... People are confused.”
Picasso once said that every child is born an artist. But as we grow older, it becomes more difficult to remain an artist... and sadly, we all know why.
Over the course of my life, I have lived on four continents. You can only imagine how seamless the transition has always been for me.
I have attended schools in Poland, Germany, and the U.S. My children went to school in the US, Australia, and Italy. First hand I have seen the same education system, no matter where you are in the world. Math and languages rank highest, followed by humanity and arts at the bottom of that scale.
There isn't one education system that teaches kids art in the same way that math is taught. The importance of math is evident as we all need to know how much money we need to survive the month, but so is the importance of art. Children are never taught how to dance in school. Our focus is on their heads, and the rest of the bodies are treated like a dumpster bag. From afar, you would realize that the public education system creates school teachers and professors. Although I don't have anything against them, I think they live in their heads, using their bodies as a way to get around.
Before the 19th century, there was no public education system. Industrialism brought about all these subjects, so the 1 most useful subject thought at schools is meant to prepare students for work. Everyone with an artistic streak that hasn't been broken by the public education system probably has heard the statement, don't be an artist, writer, or musician, because you will never make a living. The universities have designed the system to fit their view of intelligence, which is a grave mistake. Due to the design of the public education system, many highly talented, brilliant, and talented people believe that they are stupid. This is because they weren't valued or stimulated at school.
Currently, academic inflation is rife. When I was younger students who had degrees had jobs, and if they did not have jobs, it was because they did not want them. Things are different now. Children with degrees go back home to play video games because they need an MA when their previous jobs required a BA, and now they need a PhD. Evidently, we need to rethink our view of intelligence as the whole educational system is changing under our feet. Every person experiences the world in a unique way, which makes intelligence diverse. We think acoustically, visually, and kinesthetically. Dynamic intelligence is one that helps us to navigate the environment by using the mental functions. The brain is not divided into compartments; creativity, in fact, is a result of interacting with different ways of looking at a situation. It is also distinct from intelligence. My book "Turn Your Shit Into Magic" is mostly about how I discovered myself and my talents, and I wrote it as a guide for anyone wanting to discover their place in the world.
In the past, I suffered from depression and my life was really hopeless. I used to stare at my feet for hours as a kid when others told me how disappointing I was at everything I did. Because of other expectations, I wasn't allowed to have dreams or do what I wanted. The moment I finally said 'No' to the world and did the things that made me happy took me over 40 years. Having learned how easy it is, I now talk to others about the importance of prioritizing yourself first in order to achieve whatever it is you want.
Only a new conception of human ecology can give us hope for the future. Reconstruct our conception of human potential. We have become a commodity in the education system, which is not serving us for the future. The fundamental principles on which we educate our children need to be reevaluated. It is not our job to see the future, but it is theirs, and it is our job to make something of it.