The Global Problem That’s Holding Us Back

Kids in this generation don’t believe in themselves. I know how this sounds. Not a global problem right? Just a little bit of lack of self-confidence. That’s the mentality that we’ve all grown up with, something that we have grown into, being told at a young age that we can do anything we want, but just a few years later, told we have to go to college, have to get a stable job, and not risk our chance at a decent lifestyle for some stupid dream.

I was first introduced to this problem when I joined TKS. In TKS we learned to reach for things, to just do it, and age was just a number. We are told that we are the next generation of innovators, world changers, and ceo’s. And slowly we believed that. We began to reach for new opportunities, start insane projects, and work with fricken unicorn companies. But something that I realized as I followed this journey of learning and exploration. Slowly, the kids that I’d always thought had been ‘smart’ or creative, suddenly seemed so… constricted? Not in the way of feeling, but in how they lived their lives. School was life, college was the goal, and no one, literally no one, ever dreamed of being a CEO, a world changer, an innovator.

And the truth is, I don’t think many kids ever do see themselves as game changers. Right now, the world doesn’t need more workers. That’s why there's unemployment. They need employers. They need founders, they need CEOs, and they need problem solvers. But, if everyone sees themselves as workers, then our innovators are limited.

And the more and more people that decide to do what makes sense, rather than what they believe in, become parents, and this lifestyle is their kids’. How are we going to let the last generation's mistakes, or mindset, limit the future?

If no one dreams of being unique, of being a unicorn person, how can we expect the next generation of unicorn people to exist? TKS is great, but it can’t change the minds of 2 billion children. We need to bring kids back from ‘down to earth’, and into dreamers. Because, it’s dreamers that impact the world.

“So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon seem inevitable.” ―Christopher Reeve

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I’m Saras, an aspiring innovator, who loves to explore and learn. Student at The Knowledge Society. Science & Tech & Ethics & Philosophy. I also post semi-weekly. Ish. Consider subscribing?

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Saras Agrawal

Currently working in the BCI startup space. Learning, Exploring, Creating, Teaching.