Bob McKim is a Professor of Design at Stanford University, heading the Joint Program in Design, one of the most prestigious design schools in the world (since its creation in 1958, the program has only had about 300 graduates).
McKim highly researched creativity, the process and nature of it, and one of his most famous experiments was deceptively simple.
He gave a group of adults a pencil and paper and asked them to draw the person next to them in about 30 seconds, as best they could.
After they were finished, they were told to share their results with the person they drew. In almost every session, the adults would be embarrassed, apologizing to the person they drew for the drawing.
Bob would do the same exact test on a group of children, with much different results. The children weren’t embarrassed about their drawings one bit and didn’t apologize. They were proud of their drawings and would boastfully show it to everyone in the groups.
Our experiences as we grow into adults makes us sensitive to the opinions of others, and this is what stops us from pursuing our desires.
Lets not forget what it means to be a kid.