Teenagers repeatedly WOW me with their their creativity.
1) They know if they make something great, the entire world can see it.
2) They are multi-modal. They paint, write, draw. You name it.
3) Creative software accelerates the learning curve.
It’s happening to older people too, but not as fast. I had dinner last night with a friend whose a poet, a painter, and a musician. And he isn’t even a full-time artist!
But this thread from @KevinSimler really hit home for me.
There’s a deeper principle here.
These kids learn by doing — not by sitting back and having somebody else teach them.
Some kids start publishing their music on SoundCloud. Others throw on Tie-Dye shirts, grab their phones. run into the backyard, and make TikTok videos.
In the 1960s, after the invention of TV, people learned that they could *consume* things from around the world.
Now people grow up learning they can *produce* things for the entire world.
A subtle, but transformative cognitive leap.
And yesterday, I spoke with a 20-year-old kid named Cameron who sent me a wonderful cold-email.
He dropped out of HIGH SCHOOL to make websites and start a creative agency.
His website is outstanding too.
I’m fascinated by this trend, so I’ve surrounded myself with people who exemplify it.
@9th is my favorite example.
He created @earth, built a following on Tumblr, and started an ad agency — all as a teenager — and just sold his company to Squarespace.
You can follow @david_perell.
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