A Surprisingly Good Idea From A Place You Wouldn’t Expect
I just read the weekly e-newsletter from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations. Included was a notice about a newly created book for children, Follow Your Dreams: In Florida You Can Be Anything You Want to Be!
The book is full of hand-drawn pictures elementary school children from around the state submitted to an art contest, depicting careers people might be in the Sunshine State. Or ones they might want to grow up to be.
The winning entries make up the book and DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson has plans to take the book on the road to museums to read to children, implanting the idea it is never too early to discover the dreams they might have about their future. In the interest of full disclosure, my grandson is one of the winners, but I don’t know, though I have an idea, of which one is his.
If you are interested, you can download a free pdf version of the book at www.myfloridalicense.com/kids or by clicking on the picture below.
I love this idea and have used it in outplacement workshops for adults. So often we harbor dreams, but don’t consider step by step what it takes to make the dream come true, whether additional training, education, attracting investors, strict budgeting or finding mentors.
How absolutely wonderful to let our children know they can dream dreams and find ways to make them come true. Good job Secretary Lawson – combining art and dreams for our future Florida workforce!
For those who may scoff at the idea of art and dreams in this STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematic) world, here is a quote I read today from the Florida State Department of Cultural Affairs.
The fact is that the arts foster innovation … almost all Nobel laureates in the sciences actively engage in arts as adults. They are twenty-five times as likely as the average scientist to sing, dance, or act; seventeen times as likely to be a visual artist; twelve times more likely to write poetry and literature; eight times more likely to do woodworking or some other craft; four times as likely to be a musician; and twice as likely to be a photographer.
Many connect their art to their scientific ability. With some riff on Nobel prizewinning physicist Max Planck’s words: ‘The creative scientist needs an artistic imagination.
~Psychologists Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein in a 2009 study on arts and innovation.
We all need to dream, don’t we?