You Get What You Focus On
Keeping up with the Joneses is not a genetic predisposition. It is an invented need, and a recent one.
The school sign should say “We teach peole to take initiative and become remarkable artists, to question the status quo, and to interact with transparency. And our graduates understand that consumption is not the answer to social problems.”
The typical indoctrinated response is that great work and great art and remarkable output are the domain of someone else. You think that your job is to do the work that needs doing, anonymously.
It appears to me that the only way they differ from a mediocre rule-follower is that they never bought into thir self-limiting line of thought. That’s it.
Regardless, the distinction between cogs and linchpins is largely one of attitude, not learning.
Creativity is not choosing to wear a pink shirt to an office where only blue and white are standard. That’s merely window dressing.
Studies show us that things learned in frightening circumstances are sticky. We remember what we learn on the battlefield, or when we burn a finger on a hot tea kettle.
Teaching people to produce innovative work, off-the-chart insights, and yes, art is time-consuming and unpredictable.