When was the last time you made a mistake? Was it recent? It probably was, I know I’ve made a bunch of mistakes today! As adults we often see all mistakes as bad and really wrong, can you remember the last time you laughed at a mistake you made or it honestly didn’t bother you? Kids are really good at letting things go. They have very short memories about most things, or at the very least don’t let it bother them as long as we hold onto things.
Kids are good at making messes and mistakes, at least they’re mistakes as far as we view them, they may not view them that way though. Often what we see as something not quite right that kids have done is their way of being creative, their way of trying new things and their way of learning about the world. By letting them discover on their own we’re helping build their creative muscles and letting them learn how things work and about cause and effect.
The other great thing about kids is that they’re not worried about right or wrong to the same degree that we are or in the same context. We’re so worried about things going right or being perfect in our eyes or the eyes of the world that we don’t open ourselves up to trying new things and doing things differently like our kids do. So the next time you face a change instead of just doing what you’ve always done or doing things the same way, try a different approach and see what kind of results you can create.
“Because of their courage, their lack of fear, they (creative people) are willing to make silly mistakes. The truly creative person is one who can think crazy; such a person knows full well that many of his great ideas will prove to be worthless. The creative person is flexible; he is able to change as the situation changes, to break habits, to face indecision and changes in conditions without undue stress. He is not threatened by the unexpected as rigid, inflexible people are.” Frank Goble