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Totally agree with that. Money can really help to achieve goals, but the world's entrepreneurs have generally grown mighty oak trees from little acorns. If it works in nature, it's good enough for me.

I work in a school and am constantly having to find funding for the projects that my imagination conceives of. The benefits to the kids, and to the community, are massive. So it's kind of a duty of mine to find a way, despite the constraints.

Constraints get the best out of everyone. All the great characters in history and literature had to achieve their great things with limited resources etc. All good games are fun and exciting due to the constraints on what the player can do at any one time. That's where the skill comes in, be the game chess, Mario, whatever.


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Comment by Catrina Cuevas on April 5, 2010 at 6:07pm
While I'm a huge fan of being open minded and seeing infinite solutions, the practical side of me craves those constraints and boundaries like you mention.It is what creates a challenge, motivation and what allows for lofty idealistic ideas, to become concrete solutions that make a tangible difference. It is how optimism takes form and is where the idealist and realist meet at a cross roads.
Comment by Meghan D. Saar on April 6, 2010 at 2:58am
This reminds me of all the make-believe games I played with my cousins and my brother growing up. We would watch a movie, like Clue or Three Musketeers, and we'd turn it into a game for all of us. We were never short on imagination, and we always had so much fun. All of us could definitely benefit from being more infused with wonder. Sounds like your students are helping keep you grounded!
Comment by John D. Boyden on May 12, 2010 at 5:05pm
+1 E, very true, chris Start small, build to where you want!


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