One of the downsides of the information age is we’re bombarded with bad news. We’re pre-occupied with staying safe. It’s invading every aspect of our lives. How we eat, how we play, how we raise the next generation.
But we need risk. Without it, dreams would never make it into reality. Ideas are the currency of today and technology is the enabler. We don’t just need creative optimists, we need Radical Optimists. People who believe nothing is impossible. Radical Optimists look at the world and want to make it a better place. Problems aren’t barriers, they’re challenges to be solved.
We should be encouraging our children to discover their strengths and provide them the support they need to be successful as people (not just professionally). Pushing kids onto a path that “might” guarantee a job, regardless of their passion, may sound sensible at a time of economic uncertainty, but fulfillment and passion is a more dependable measurement of a successful life than competitive advantage.