At the age of 5 Mozart had started composing his first music. At three years old Mozart could already play the violin and other instruments. John J. Stone-Parker at 4 years old is the youngest patent holder for a gadget to stop ice slipping out of a glass. Walter Lines started the highly successful toy company ’Triang Toys’ when he was just 14. He invented the kids scooter when he was 15. Chester Greenwood invented earmuffs when he was 15 and made a fortune selling them to US soldiers for World War I.
These are all examples of people starting young on their careers as inventors, composers and entreprenuers. The moral is that it is never too young to start. Young people are naturally creative and have the energy to achieve great things. We must nurture talent and encourage children to pursue their dreams. We mustn’t stifle talent with a Gradgrind approach to education. We also shouldn’t tell young people to be more realistic and buckle down.
If your child wants to invent a new precision tooling machine, register a patent, learn a computer language, take up a musical instrument, learn a foreign language, write a book then wev as adults should help to make their learning journey easier, explain to them the salient issues and above all be supportive. Of course, we all have dreams as kids of being famous, of pushing the boundaries of human knowledge; and, sadly all but the 0.01% fail. But nevertheless, we shouldn’t let our mediocrity affect our children.
Martin Amis, the famous writer, said we all write as children; it is those who continue writing who become novelists. Even if you don’t become a famous novelist you will surely have learnt a lot about prose, literature and the power of language. This could well lead on to a fulfilling career in another related field. The world is full of people doing jobs they don’t like. Do you want a similar fate to befall your kid?