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http://www.ted.com Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines)...
Ken Robinson on Passion from The School of Life on Vimeo.
Ken Robinson believes that everyone is born with extraordinary capability. So what happens to all that talent as we bump through life, getting by, but never realizing our true potential? For most of us the problem isn’t that we aim too high and fail
- it’s just the opposite - we aim too low and succeed. We need to find that magic spot where our natural talent meets our personal passion. This means we need to know ourselves better. Whilst we content ourselves with doing what we’re competent at, but don’t truly love, we’ll never excel. And, according to Ken, finding purpose in our work is essentially to knowing who we really are. Get ready to unleash your inner fervor as Ken takes to our pulpit to inspire you to follow your passion.
During the early part of my training as a civilian pilot/air traffic controller in the 1960's I was first introduced to the mind-blowing experience of "flying" a de Havilland Trident Simulator. It was mind-blowing for me, as a dyslexic 3D thinker, because my own vision as a child was of a future time when we would be able to personally experience a simulation of the reality such that we would not be able to tell the difference between the simulation and the reality.
Many moons later in California, whilst speaking to the female dyslexic designer of the very latest Silicon Graphics workstation - I was introduced to Thomas West's epic book IN THE MIND's EYE - as a result of which I helped to set up an event of the same name.
Most of the 73 exhibitors were
members of the ADT - otherwise
known as the Arts Dyslexia Trust
and the idea was to present work,
not only from the fine arts, but
from designers of all kinds
including scientists and engineers.
To my absolute amazement the
supposed Dyslexic Experts of
Education, were seemingly
incredulous of the fact that I had
been an Air Traffic Controller and
somewhat miffed when I
addressed a conference of
several hundred specialist
teachers of dyslexic children
and then asked them how many
of them were left handed?,
just a few hands were raised, and
then how many were dyslexic? -
none to which raising of hands, I declared that only dyslexics could teach dyslexics because you had to
be one to understand one.
You were meant to do great things for the world. Without your mind
pigeonholed in a constant survival/slavelike stagnation trap (i.e., your
routine-rut job), your mind will begin to function as it was designed.
Your creative mind will begin to seek that which deeply motivates
you. Most human beings are motivated to bring good into the world.
When you become deeply motivated and creative, bringing values
to mankind, then you will live with exciting exhilaration and
enthusiasm every day.
The Cure Zone
In the United States we are raised to appreciate the
accomplishments of inventors & thinkers - creative people
whose ideas have transformed our world. We celebrate the
famously imaginative, the greatest artists and innovators from
Van Gogh to Steve Jobs. Viewing the world creatively is supposed
to be an asset, even a virtue. Online job boards burst with ads
recruiting “idea people” and “out of the box” thinkers. We are
taught that our own creativity will be celebrated as well, and that
[IF] WE HAVE GOOD IDEAS, we will succeed.
IT's ALL a LIE. This is the thing about creativity that is rarely
acknowledged: Most people don’t actually like it. Studies confirm
what many creative people have suspected all along ...
People are biased against creative thinking, despite all of their
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