Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. –Pablo Picasso
My son, Owen, is one of the best “drawers” in his third grade class. If you doubt it, just ask him and he’ll tell you it’s true.
“Dad, wait until you see my eagle,” Owen said with excitement. “I didn’t even trace it. I’m probably the best drawer in my class.”
Do you remember when you thought you were the best at so many things?
For some reason, as we get older we seem to replace the joy of unbridled creation with fear of criticism. We seem to replace unconditional confidence, with illogical self-doubt.
As we look at the work of children, let’s remember and enjoy that time in our own lives, and try to recapture that spirit.
And you do have to admit, that’s a mighty fine eagle.
Kevin Kruse is a NY Times bestselling author and keynote speaker. His new book, Employee Engagement 2.0, teaches managers to turn apathetic groups into emotionally committed teams. Get exclusive leadership advice and more from his newsletter at kevinkruse.com.