Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Creativity Tips: Just Do It

Once upon a time, when my daughter Kate was in second or third grade, she told me she needed a new pair of athletic shoes.

"OK," I said. "What kind do you want?"
"I want boy shoes," she said.
"Why do you want boy shoes?"
"Because the boys at school run faster than the girls," Kate answered, "so I figure it has to be the shoes."

There are about 10 million potential creativity lessons in that reply and my response. For example, I could have told her that she was being ridiculous -- that a boy's ability to run fast did not hinge on his shoes. However, making someone feel stupid is the world's fastest way to to squelch creativity. So, that would be wrong. Real wrong.

That leaves three immediate options:
  1. Gently explain that the idea is wonderful, but might not work. Buy girl shoes.
  2. Gently explain that the idea is wonderful, but might not work. Buy boy shoes anyway.
  3. Buy the boy shoes and let her run.
I'm going to let you guess what I did.

2 comments:

CJ Kennedy said...

You bought the boy shoes and let her run.

Isobel Higley said...

Buy the boys shoes and let her run. It will give her more confidence in her running ability and if they are good sporty shoes may actually help her run.
Also if it doesn't work then she can learn from her own mistakes. :)

I think your blog is fantastic.
Very thought provoking.
Thank you for all your wonderful posts! :)