I noticed that my daughter had the picture on her phone contact for me set to something that wasn’t me, but I couldn’t see what it was. I asked her about it and she told me it was Iron Man. I was pretty proud because I thought maybe she chose him because I was her hero, or because I’m brave, or smart, or maybe even because it’s a movie we both enjoy so much. Then she told me, “It’s because you’re snarky.” Apparently the trait I have in common with the super hero, Iron Man, is the snarky sense sense of humor I share with Tony Stark.
The love of knowledge is a kind of madness.
― C.S. Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet
If you weren’t on the robotics team in high school or don’t have a younger sibling into robots, you probably haven’t been to a FIRST Robotics Competition (FIRST is an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”). These events, which team up high school students with professional engineers as mentors, are designed to combine the thrill of sport with the excitement of robotics. But, really, they’re more like a rave mixed with a science fair. There were team mascots in costumes, obnoxiously loud music and group dances, and lots of cheering.
Rejection might be just the thing your creativity needs to thrive. Research has also shown that rejection can enhance creativity in individuals who embrace it.
In another dimension there’s a version of me that takes notes with a green steno pad and a blue Bic pen.