Summary of What Adults Can Learn from Kids

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Adults should act their shoe size, not their age.


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Part of growing up involves learning how to curtail your imagination to conform to reality. But is this a good thing? According to child prodigy Adora Svitak, children’s dreams and imaginations aren’t limited by hard realities, and adults could benefit from an injection of this unfettered self-confidence and optimism. Many viewers will get a kick out of an overachieving child with flagrant self-assurance addressing a large executive audience, and some may be tempted to listen to Svitak’s oration with a patronizing ear. But getAbstract believes Svitak’s message holds much gravity: Dream big, expect big things and let the children lead the way.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why adults should consider childishness an attractive quality
  • What adults can learn from children about dreaming and imagining
  • How adults can encourage children


Grown-ups call kids “childish” when they are demanding or reckless or when they flash other normal childlike behaviors. Yet adults, not children, are responsible for the globe’s greatest ills, such as the world wars. Kids have far-reaching potential: Anne Frank was a young girl when she documented her...
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About the Speaker

Child prodigy Adora Svitak writes books, blogs, stories and poems. She is an advocate for literacy.

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