Kids are naive. They don't know
whats possible and whats impossible. So they ask innocent questions (Why can't
you touch the stars?) and hope for impossible things ("Why cant learning
be fun?") Adults are smart. They know what's possible and impossible. So they don't
ask silly questions and they dont hope for impossible things. And they dismiss
quizzical kids with a curt, Thats just the way it is. But anybody who
really believes "that's just the-way it is," anybody who is too lazy to ask,
Why couldn't it be different?" will never see the future.
It is well known that personal creativity declines with age. As creativity falls,
orthodoxy rises. The most precipitous fall in quizzicality takes place just after kids
start school. (Every first grader knows that a dumb question gets you laughed at). But
occasionally a dumb question lifts the blinds of orthodoxy just long enough to let in a
ray of light from the future.
Having watched her father snap a photograph, Dr. Edward Lands
three-year-old daughter asked if she could see the results right now. This innocent
question set Land off on a quest to create instant photography. Years later, at Polaroid,
Land reflected that we really dont invent new products . . . , the best ones
are already there, only invisible, just waiting to be discovered."
"Competing for the Future "
by Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad
"Too low they build, who build below the stars"
Shoot for the stars . . .
Visit Websitement monthly for fresh ideas.
BOOKMARK THIS SITE !!!
Return To The Entreprenuer's