An innovative thinker is one full of fresh, new, novel, unprecedented, and creative ideas. *
Give yourselves a pat on the back fellow GenX'ers! Why? Because. We, my friends, have raised an innovative generation.
These young people are bursting with all the upgrades, and they are eager to share.
Bless their hearts. Exposure to information began the moment they took their first breath. We poured our education into "parenting" these boys and girls and bada bing bada boom, 2.0 absorbed some stuff. Yay!
But we aren't done yet, Y'all.
What some of us have forgotten is that successful innovation must be paired with its infamous counterpart, patience.
Yeah. Patience. As in settling into a pocket and learning how a system works before implementing meaningful change.
Let me give you an example:
A fresh-faced junior in high school scores a job at a local clothing store. Her leadership skills are recognized, and the wise employer praises her for said skills during the interview. Well done, mama and daddy. Check the box. You raised her right. She did it!
You go out to dinner, celebrate, and maybe even open a checking account.
The first day of work arrives.
She is cute as a bug, and you post her image, nametag attached correctly, on all the socials.
Off she goes. Ready to change the world.
Clock in. Ready, set, go. What does this bright future leader get tasked to do? Fold t-shirts. For her entire 6 hour shift.
Stop. Eyebrows raise. Why would wise employer waste such talent? Why not task young, energetic shiny penny girl with a job that shows off that fantastic innovative skill set?
She's not ready—yet. She doesn't know the systems in place—yet. She doesn't understand the customer component—yet. She doesn't understand how ideas translate from the mind to paper and into the procedural practice of watching it succeed and/or fail—yet.
But she will. IF—she's patient. IF—you are patient.
Patience. The capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.*
What plays out more than not is our innovative offspring are not patient enough to hang in there consistently over time to display their fresh, new, novel, unprecedented, and creative ideas.
Sad and scary.
These are our future leaders, after all.
Relax and take a deep breath. Squashing spirit is not the end game. However. Equipping them with a pair of wings that will soar to a height where others want to follow—that's what patience will do.
Verse: Isaiah 40: 28-31
To-Do: Identify a problem. Take time to define the problem. Research the history of the problem. Understand this takes time and experience. Brainstorm innovative solutions.
Before the first day of work, talk to your kid about realistic expectations.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.