In his article Practice Being Like a Child, Jim Rohn advised:
“Learn to be curious like a child… A child’s curiosity is what helps them to reach, learn and grow.”
Adora Svitak, 12, points out that children have much to offer, and boldly questions the dismissive label “childish,” citing examples of other non-adults who are contributing ideas and carrying out projects to make a better world.
She also notes that “childish” is often associated, dismissively, with irrational thinking – but says in some cases we can, and do, truly benefit from irrationality.
Video: Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids
Notes on the TED site – source of the video – include these:
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.
A voracious reader from age three, Adora Svitak’s first serious foray into writing — at age five — was limited only by her handwriting and spelling. (Her astonishing verbal abilities already matched that of young adults over twice her age.)
As her official bio says, her breakthrough would soon come “in the form of a used Dell laptop her mother bought her.” At age seven, she typed out over 250,000 words — poetry, short stories, observations about the world — in a single year.
Svitak has since fashioned her beyond-her-years wordsmithing into an inspiring campaign for literacy — speaking across the country to both adults and kids.
From TED page: Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids
She is co-author (with her sister) of the book Dancing Fingers.
Her site: www.adorasvitak.com
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