Our Moral Compass: Fostering Creativity In Ourselves and Others

“Kids who evolve into creative adults tend to have a strong moral compass.”

-Adam Grant

     Do you ever feel like you had more freedom as a child to be creative than you do now? Why do you think that is? Is it due to the fact that as adults we have certain responsibilities and obligations that have clouded our artistic side that we once had? Now when I say artistic this can mean, but is not limited to, things like writing, acting, speaking, and drawing . Each of these examples allow us the opportunity to express ourselves with the intention of sharing with the world our talents and displaying our character as to who we are.

Creativity involves the imagination and development of original ideas where we have the opportunity to invent something or even reinvent ourselves. This can happen at any stage of life and for me it has come through writing this blog. I have been able to reinvent myself through my writing. The idea for creating Our Moral Compass came from a place where I wanted to inspire others to be the best they can be and live a more balanced and ethical life.

This creativity lies deep within our children and today’s quote spoke to me at a deep level. It is up to us to help them evolve into creative adults by providing them opportunities to not only continue to foster their creativity,  but in some cases, depending on what they are going through in their own lives, ignite it. The key to this becoming a reality and having the ability to within stand “growing up” is building a strong moral compass within them.

In Adam Grant’s book “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World” he says we need nurture originality in our children by focusing on values over rules, the importance of exposing them to various real life/fictional role models and reinforcing good behavior by associating them with good character. I think these areas of focus tell us more about an individual and what they can contribute to world more than any GPA, SAT or ACT score could ever do.

What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your moral compass or the moral compass within others?

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