On Sunday, a barefoot Karl Gude helped kickstart MIPA with an inspiring lecture on creativity. With experience as an illustrator for both his own children’s books as well as the Associated Press and News Week Magazine, Gude deals with the struggle of breaking the arrangement of traditional thinking.
“Our brains crave this,” Gude said, speaking about these patterns of thinking. “Our brains love doing the things we are comfortable doing.”
Success holds a different definition for all who strive for it, but all success involves stepping out of a comfort zone. Or rather, breaking away from conformity. According to a national statistic in Gude’s presentation, 98% of kindergarten students test high in creative thinking while only 2% of high school students do the same. It shows that conformity is learned as we travel through life. People learn it from peers, families, schools, and their environment in general.
Throughout his seminar, Gude used an analogy comparing traditional ideas and new ideas to a train and subsequently deviating tracks. Similarly, success in life is often compared to different paths taken by all individuals. Evidently, they intertwine.
“In the way I define success, which is to contribute to this world in meaningful ways, you need to think differently than everyone else,” Gude said.
Presenting Gude’s seminar as an opener truly allowed inspiration and motivation to spread into the crowd, setting the week off to an open minded and positive start.