In a New York Times article called “Need a Job? Invent It” published over the weekend by Thomas L. Friedman, Harvard education specialist Tony Wagner makes the argument for an education system that teaches children how to think/approach the world as opposed to teaching them how to become college students. In short, teach to life not to tests. He highlights Finland’s system as a demonstration of how to cultivate innovators instead of just mindless worker bees.
His argument makes perfect sense and he goes on to give this great quote: “We need to focus more on teaching the skill and will to learn and to make a difference and bring the three most powerful ingredients of intrinsic motivation into the classroom: play, passion and purpose.”
Yes to every syllable in that statement and I would like to take it one step further and say that grown-ups who are done with formal education could also stand to adopt a Passion, Purpose and Play mindset.
I’ve written before about the importance of starting each day with passion and purpose. It goes without saying that those two things are also important to life in general and playing is a necessary and soul-loving thing to do. Just imagine if more of us took the Passion, Purpose and Play approach to life.
The name of the article says it all too. “Need a Job? Invent It.” That statement is as simple as it is brilliant. It is real world advice on how to use the Passion, Purpose and Play model in your own adult life right now.
What’s your passion? What would be your self-invented job/career?
Demetria Irwin is a New York City-based freelance writer/editor. Follow her on Twitter, @Love_Is_Dope.