I was a motivational speaker for the Association of School Administrators in Atlanta, Georgia.
The other motivational speaker for the school administrators was Sir Ken Robinson. Throughout his powerful motivational speech, Robinson challenged our school system and the way we are educating our children.
He argues that we are educating children to work hard and do what's right for the system instead of challenging and encouraging creativity. Students skills, abilities and "multiple intellegence" are routinely ignored at a great cost.
He wrote the book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, which is a New York Times bestseller. He also his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative. His latest book is Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life.
Further, Robinson makes the compelling case that we make very poor use of our innate talents.This may be why so many people loathe their work and can't wait for the weekend.
Some people love their work and for them, their work is not what they do, it's who they are. Reform to build creative minds starts with our formal education system.
Given the way our society and environment is constantly evolving, we have no choice but to pay attention.