Be a Lion!

A friend of mine teaches graduate students at a prestigious university. He also has a second grader at home.

One day he was making a little presentation on storytelling to his little daughter’s class. To get their attention, he started by yelling, “Be a lion!”

Immediately, the children started growling. Some waved their hands like paws.

And the stories began to happen.

As an experiment, he did exactly the same thing to his class of graduate students.

“Be a lion!” he yelled.

Immediately, there was silence.

Another kind of paws

Utter silence.

But after a moment, the class really got involved.

“When is it due?” was the first response.

“How much will it count toward our grade?” quickly came next.

“How many words should it be?” followed.

And the stories never came

We can learn a lot about life, and living from little children who haven’t had their natural spontinety and delight for the world educated out of them.

Chief among them is to trust our own intuition.

Don’t let the noise of other people’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Steve Jobs

But then that’s just my and Steve’s opinion.