Stumbling on this fascinating quote on the role of Dreaming, reminded me of my past posts “The Power of Play, Imagination and Fun” [a series of 3 blog posts] where I explore the link between play and how it can boost creativity at any age, and even be adapted to brand building.
Kevin Carroll is a successful best-selling author, and – most importantly – an infectiuous motivational speaker on the power of imagination, dreams and play. In his talks he takes back the audience to their childhood days filled with laughter and play. Using play as a metaphor for problem solving, he then throws the question: “If play is so enjoyable and laden with plentiful tools that we can use as adults in our daily lives… why is it that work is so REMOVED from play? Why does it often cause so much heartache, and why are we stuck in our tracks because of our inability to view our working/adult lives differently. We take ourselves (our work, our careers, our responsibility) too seriously…
Kevin uses a symbol of our childhood—a red rubber ball—as a metaphor for us adults to rekindle our passion for playing.
As Kevin shared in his first book, the red rubber ball represents “play” and ‘play’ is “any activity, topic, or purpose that makes you excited about the day.” Everyone has a red rubber ball. Some of us just need a little inspirational prodding to find it. According to Kevin, “Your red rubber ball is what grabs you by the soul. It’s what captures your imagination. It’s what you do when no one tells you what to do.”