Monthly Archives: March 2015

A vital lesson from a two year old

My granddaughter, Solvi, was with a group of children her age at an event were they were peeling and coring apples with a traditional hand-cranked apple peeler. Solvi was invited by a woman to step up to the machine—the apple already in place on the spindle—and the woman turned the crank once to show Solvi how it worked. Solvi’s eyes lit up as she took over, turning the handle and studying the result, the apple turning, the peel coming off in a long red ribbon. She was fascinated, and I was fascinated by what she did when she was finished.

When she finished the woman removed the apple and I watched as Solvi leaned forward, barely inches from the machine, and she touched every piece of it. She touched the handle and spindle, she touched the base and the cam and the blade.

Then, when it was a second little girl’s turn, Solvi stepped back so the woman could place another apple on the spindle and show the second girl what to do. As this little girl turned the handle to peel the apply, Solvi kept her eyes trained on the operation as she slowly walked around the apple peeler, viewing what was going on from every angle. She circled it twice.

I am writing a new book on how to be the most creatively entrepreneurial version of yourself you can be. Just the day before I was writing about creative perspectives, making the point that I always underscore or bold the s to make sure I am communicating how important it is to have multiple views at the opportunity or problem.

Then I saw it in action, naturally—getting close enough to the problem to have an intimate sense of it, and then stepping back and viewing it from every possible angle. Good job Solvi.