I recently had the privilege of speaking to the Junior and Senior classes of FIT's toy design program at the invitation of the lovely and charming Ms. Judy Ellis. It is always a pleasure to talk about toys and what we do as inventors, and these students were a very engaged group with lots of good questions.
I try to impart several messages on such occasions.
One, don't let your belief that something can't be done keep you from attempting to do it if it is indeed a worthy goal worth reaching. We have been amazed on more than one occasion when we have managed to do something we thought was impossible at the outset.
Two, toys matter and in fact change the world by inspiring the work we do as adults and the contributions we make to society. Frank Lloyd Wright and the Wright Brothers both claim their childhood toys as the inspirations for their lives' work.
Three, teamwork and collaboration is the secret sauce to the greatest results. We discovered teamwork some years back, as opposed to a group of people simply working in close proximity. It is odorless and tasteless, and it is now one of my primary functions to foster teamwork in our office.
These future toy designers, nurtured by Judy Ellis and the program she founded and built, comprise a very promising batch of talent that will create the toys of tomorrow.