We all know the marshmallow on a tower test. The kindergarten children normally outperform the adults in designing the highest tower that can hold a marshmallow on its top.
It’s because they learn by their early failures. They learn by doing, testing and trying. They find out within 2 minutes that a marshmallow is quite heavy. They fail quickly – their first attempt collapses.
The adults learn this right at the end, when they test their structure. Often not having time to try again. Too much planning, too little testing: they tried to come up with / design the right answer, rather than test.
Innovation is a skill you can learn. Flex these muscles.
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