May 23, 2011 Darell Hammond,Kerala Taylor

From our CEO: Keep playing! Advice to high school and college grads

Our nation's young adults are continually being told that if they work hard, they can succeed. But between the long hours in the classroom, the extracurricular activities, and the mountains of homework, few young adults have any time left to play. Not only that, but they are rarely told that play is important, not just to their health and well-being but also to their future success.

In his Huffington Post blog, our CEO and Founder Darell Hammond gives high school and college graduates advice they may not be accustomed to hearing: "Don't ever stop playing!" He says:

"We're creating a generation of children who can follow rules but who are at a complete loss when it comes to innovating, designing, tinkering, or doing anything that requires drawing from their own imaginations.

And here's the irony: While research shows that American creativity is declining, creativity is becoming a more sought-after asset in today's economy. John Howkins, author of The Creative Economy, points out, 'New ideas, not money or machinery, are the source of success today, and the greatest source of personal satisfaction, too.' "

Read the full post for more on the importance of play and suggestions for how grads can continue to incorporate play into their lives.

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