Here are 3 things we can we learn from a 4 year old
- Touch screens are broke
- Planes get small
- Anything is possible
Although my son is in college, I’m still amazed at what I can learn from observing children. Their wide eyes are ready to take in whatever the world has to teach them each day. We can apply these small lessons to our own business lives and improve our desired results. Here are three recent incidences I observed.
Lesson 1 – Touch Screens Are Broke. Once a child understands that you can touch a screen and change the appearance, they think all monitors, TV’s, camera screens, and tablets should be touch-enabled. When they touch one that is not so enabled, they think it is broke. You may laugh with your worldly experience but I’m here to tell you (and me) that they envision a world where all screens are touch enabled. Someday they will laugh at you and me. So think of a world where all screens are touch sensitive. What could we do, how might our tactile senses respond, how ill it change communication, data analysis, device operations, driving a car, …. The list could go on. I challenge you to think about this today as you touch any device or screen. What can you envision?
Lesson 2 – Planes Get Small. Have you ever watched a plan take off? It starts off full size and then gets smaller and smaller, or that is the way a 4 year old sees it. So don’t be surprised if they think the people inside get small too. This is what a girl on a recent flight asked as the plane took off: “When do we get small?” As an adult, how do I let misinformation, old ideas and ignorance get in my way of understanding my world? When do I assume my culture is the best and miss what I can learn from someone very different from me? When my son chooses to text me rather than call, do I assume he is wrong and not communicating “correctly” or, do I see it as just another way to communicate, and accept his “new” method?
Lesson 3 – Anything is Possible. To a 4 year old child, anything and everything is possible. If you tell them a man landed on the moon and show them the video on YouTube, then they will believe you. Yet, as adults, we have our experiences to compare to new ideas. Our mind ask “What have I seen that looked like this before and how did it turn out?” Sometimes these experiences are based on bad data and this keeps us from accepting new data. I’m not suggesting we throw out our experiences, but I am suggesting we “run a check” on our fast acting mind and occasionally say to ourselves “Maybe this time it will be different because circumstances are different.”
So the next time you have a moment to observe a 4 year old or any child, ask yourself what you can learn and apply to your life today. I hope that I have stirred your thinking some and you have ideas and stores of your own to share with me and your fellow readers in the comments section of this blog.
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