It happens more than we want to admit it. We adults ask kids; "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Then we end up dashing their dreams by accident with well-meaning guidance.
Consider the story of a seven year old girl that indicated that she wanted to be an artist. Then an awkward adult dashed her artistic dreams. Luckily for us, the future animator held other interests she could rely on that seemed to please the adults. She pursued math and science which eventually brought her back to art.
Do the kids you lead like animated films? If so, watch this TED Talk from the DP (Director of Photography) for Pixar Animation Studios. Help them discover the meaning they find in Danielle Feinberg's story of her seven year old self.
If this sparks an interest in animation you can offer them a course called Animate with Cartoon Network with a new company: JAM.
Our job as leaders of kids is to keep them curious and interested in learning. Next time you meet a new child, instead of asking them the standard, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" question, ask them:
Do you like animated movies like Finding Dory? If yes...ask:
How do you think they make movies like that?
Please write and share your stories of how you inspire innovation in the kids you lead.
Cup of Leadership is a blog for busy adults. In the time it takes to grab a cup of coffee, you can upgrade the conversations you have with the kids in your life to spark innovation and curiosity.