Where have I been? I haven’t taken time to post anything to my site in over a month, and I’m full of excuses; being a dad, husband, pet master, servant leader, responsible authority for my own health… (the list could go on), not enough time! Enough excuses!
Today I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Robert Hoekstra lecture about creativity and innovation, specifically how important it is for us to reach back to our inner child and think big picture in our work and life. Dr. Hoekstra taught a class on creativity and innovation as part of my Graduate curriculum in Industrial Engineering at the University of Central Florida.
I’m very grateful that today my employer, NASA’s Launch Services Program, brought Dr. Hoekstra in to talk to our entire organization about creativity and innovation. This was a huge show of support for the value of individualism, each person’s unique thoughts and ideas.
What I realized today is that I need to get back to posting to this blog, because when I don’t, my creativity is slowly dying. The process of just letting my thoughts flow in a creative way, while typing up these topics, is very powerful for my mind. I hope the words connect with you as well, hopefully inspiring others to do the same, to embrace their passion about what they do at work and in life.
I’m going to leave you with a video that Dr. Hoekstra showed us. The entire spot is about 12 minutes; WAIT, DON’T close your browser… you have the time, you can make the time, this is an investment in yourself!
Taking the next few minutes to watch this video is a commitment in your own development… so stick around and share it with a friend when you’re done.
In a nutshell, the video is narrated by a Psychiatrist who helps explain the different roles of your left (orderly) and right (creative) brain, and he does a beautiful job of connecting his theory to real life, and our society in general.
The video also brought me back to the books I just finished reading, The Hunger Games trilogy (I plan to post about it in the future). I couldn’t help but draw the connection with the video’s theories about where our world is headed as we continue to suppress creativity and my own interpretation of the future world that is depicted in The Hunger Games trilogy.
One last thought before I leave you to watch the video. There is a connection of all this “creativity”, and my original topic for this post… is it dying? I don’t think it is dying, and proof of that is evident in my field of work with NASA and our desire to explore. We have seen the end of the Space Shuttle Program over the last year, however look at all the amazing ideas being worked on in order to find a new creative way to get humans to the edge of space with suborbital flight, and into space so we can continue our research on the International Space Station and setup exploration beyond the gravitational clutches of our home planet. New companies are pushing the limits of what we think is possible, brainstorming ideas for space tourism and commercial access as you read this post.
Creativity isn’t dead at NASA, it isn’t dead in our aerospace industry, don’t let it die in your industry, in your family, in your children, in life… take charge and stop settling for “what is”… go make “what can be” happen!
So sit back and enjoy the next 12 minutes. Most importantly, afterwards, go off and make this world a better place by embracing your inner creativity, stop fitting in the box with your thinking, don’t let your childhood creativity die!