Friday, November 18, 2011

What a 6th grader can teach us?

Thomas Suarez is a 6th grader in Los Angeles who got fascinated by computers and programming on his own, searched for his inspirations and allowed them to spur him into building apps, attracting more support that he could ever imagine.  Just because he had a passion and it didn't matter whether other kids his age might not think it's cool.

You know, I watched the video and can't help but notice how nervous he was half way through his presentation.  He speaks so well, yet you could tell that he's trying really hard to remain cool before calling it a day.  What he taught me wasn't some ground breaking technology that an adult genius somewhere have not invented.  What he taught me is the simple innocence of having a simple idea and just in his all bewildering moment of discovery, drives him to pursue and shares his interest to hopefully, other kids who might not have the same fortunate avenues that are supporting him right now.  Yes, it's that simple.

And we talked about simplicity in life.  Why do we always have to discover the next big thing?  Why are we always hot in pursuit of life-changing innovations that are sometimes positioned so high up, that just the thought of suffering from a muscle pull from over-stretching, puts us off the idea.  Before we even attempt.  Whatever happened to start small?  Start with an interest?  And just work on the logical steps that fuel us towards discovery of the unknown.  The unknown not by NASA's definition, but by our own definition.  Whatever happened to that little curiosity in us that we're so eager to pursue something just because we want to know why when we were young?  When we were a 6th grader?

So to all of you who have little dreams.  Nevermind they're not the scale of Facebook, Google or Apple.  It doesn't matter you see because it is your dream.  Do it the way you want it.  Do it at your timing.  It doesn't matter if you're 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80.  It doesn't matter.  Get it?  It doesn't.

That's what this 6th grader, Thomas has taught me :)

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