"Learn to free yourself from the expectations of others
and to walk away from the games they impose on you."
Dr. E. Paul Torrance, 2007 CEF Hall of Fame Inductee
A beloved leader in the field of creativity and a mentor and friend to many, Dr. E. Paul Torrance was recently inducted into the Creative Education Foundation's Hall of Fame at the annual Creative Problem Solving Institute Conference. (http://www.cpsiconference.com/) Among his many inspiring words is the following "manifesto" to his beloved students & children everywhere:
The Manifesto for Children
"Don't be afraid to fall in love with something and pursue it with intensity.
Know, understand, take pride in, practice, develop, exploit and enjoy your greatest strengths.
Learn to free yourself from the expectations of others and to walk away from the games they impose on you.
Free yourself to play your own game.
Find a great teacher or mentor who will help you.
Learn the skills of interdependence.
Don't waste energy trying to be well rounded.
Do what you love and can do well."
© E. P. Torrance (1983) Manifesto for Children,Athens, GA: Georgia Studies of Creative Behavior and Full Circle Counseling, Inc.