Gever Tulley: Life Lessons Through Tinkering

What is tinkering?

Tinkering is the art of making something out of another thing.

By using ordinary stuff around us, tinkering makes it possible to create something fun, useful, imaginative or even silly.

And this is what Gever Tulley, a software engineer and co-founder of the Tinkering School, tries to make kids do in a weeklong camp.

Tinkering School is where children can play with power tools, build anything they want and explore both their creative and analytical side.

In this 4-minute video, he shows some photos and a video footage of what exactly happens in Tinkering School. He demonstrates how young kids, given the freedom to imagine and create, can become inspired problem solvers and inventors.

Let’s now watch his presentation as filmed last February 2009 at TED.

I find this video a powerful demonstration of how much we can achieve if we allow ourselves to simply explore our creativity and imagination.

We may not have the luxury to go to Tinkering School but hopefully, we can find a way to apply the lessons those kids learned in camp to our own lives.

Create and work as if you could not fail. Mistakes and obstacles may come, but as long as you realize and analyze your errors, push yourself to go forward, then success will become inevitable.

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