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I invited our neighbour kid over for some creative confidence fun!

We made a little creative workstation on our balcony, made lots of crazy drawings and pinned them to the washing line. The exhibition was open to the public (on our floor) for approximately 24 minutes

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I live in a big tower-block, and it can be tricky to get to know your neighbours - but there are lots of kids playing in the hallway and I often join in and kick the ball around (they're way better than me). Our immediate neighbour is an energetic six-year-old - Ameen, and he sometimes gets a bit bored over the weekend when his mum has friends over. We share a balcony so I decided to abandon the football and get some creative confidence going :) 
We used felt tip pens and paper in different colours and made a little work-station. To help Ameen focus, I set us some tasks - we would collaborate, separate each paper with a line and draw half of a drawing which the other person would complete. It was a bit tricky for Ameen to get his head around at first, but then it clicked and we produced an entire collection of awesome drawings. Whenever we'd finished one, we'd pin it up on the washing line until we had a full exhibition going. Title: "Ameen & Karoline's fun great show with a bit of wind"  We invited everyone around to see it - and it was truly a "fun great show with a bit of wind" 

Viva creative confidence 


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What a wonderful idea for nurturing creative confidence! I think collaboration is often a great starting point for building confidence.

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That's true. With kids though, it's always a tricky balance, as you don't want them to feel insecure about i.e their drawing in case yours is "better" than theirs. When Ameen and I were drawing, i really tried to mimick is style and be even wonkier, so he didnt feel self-conscious of his drawings not being of a certain 'standard;. Thinking about it now, i remember our drawing teacher as school never showed us any of his own drawings (i only found out later how talented he was) and I reckon that might be a good strategy when encouraging creative confidence in kids.. Do you remember being discouraged by older folks who were more experienced than you?

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Most of the time, I think I met older people with more experience and was encouraged to work harder and practice more. But, I agree that it's a tricky balance and I think it depends on how that experience is presented. I can certainly remember situations when adults were overbearing about how their greater experience made them superior in knowledge. As a kid, that made me reluctant to voice a different opinion or try something completely different.

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Reading these comments brought a smile to my face. I felt discouraged by older folks who were more experienced than I was. Even now looking over individuals' LinkedIn accounts in the profession I hope to be in, can be discouraging. How can I ever accomplish as much as they did? "I didn't start soon enough - I could have done more at a younger age." All these insecurities that build from a lack of creative confidence. Though, we must remember that we cannot compare our middle to another's end. While applying for my MBA, I was so strongly discouraged by professors, advisors, and even the Director of Admissions... they frowned upon limited experience. They value 5+ years and 25+ age. Well, I say if the opportunity doesn't knock, MAKE YOUR OWN DOOR. I spent my life working hard to achieve my goals in life - those insecurities can at times build strength. My insecurity with experience became a driving factor in my life. It became my motivation. It too encouraged me to work harder and practice more. Applying myself to as much experience as I possibly can. I may not have 5+ years of post-graduate experience, but I've made my mark in the positions I've held. Thank you for your contribution and know you have inspired!

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