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Change the Recipe

Nearly everything we do in life has some sort of recipe or prescribed way of doing it. Something as obvious as cooking or more abstract like creativity — choose something you love, write the standard "recipe" down, and then change at least 1 thing.

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When learning a new thing, nothing makes it easier than practice. Practice makes perfect as they say. BUT, sometimes we don't want perfect, sometimes we don't want that same recipe or technique or process that has been done over and over again. To invent, innovate, and create new and exciting things one has to be bold and take risks.

The best way for me to do this type of thing is to understand the basics, understand the fundamentals. How does something work, how was it made and why does it work that way - it's a tough engineering question, but it doesn't have to be. There are two common ways to understand a problem like this: reverse engineer it (take it apart) or make it (follow the instructions). Most inventions are just deviations of other ideas, we all build upon each others ideas to create something new.

We have to give children these building blocks, and the easiest way might be through cooking. Find their favorite food dish, and then make it with them. Explain how and why it is made the way it is, and ask them if there is anything they would do to make it better - how can they improve it? Believe me, it will get their mind thinking a mile a minute and the results will surprise you.

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