Until hobbytwin, the greatest challenge we had with learning in the world is that we did not have a platform that gave us the freedom to explore and pursue the things that we are passionate about, and with the right kind of support and mentorship in our educational institutions or even in our communities.
HobbyTwin attempts to create a climate of possibility. The possibility to be creative and innovative in our own unique ways. Everyone one of us is different and the education systems in the globe should be based on diversity, but not on conformity.
Albert Einstein once said that ‘Everybody is a genius, but if you judge the fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.’ These words were also echoed by Michio Kaku who said that all kids are born geniuses but are crushed by society, and one of the ways is on systems that are not focused on serving the needs of the students, but the needs of capitalists and industrialists.
That is why hobbytwins main focus on education is encouraging people to explore what makes them happy, and occupy their free time with activities that keep them going and challenge them to be more innovative and creative in what they do.
Kids are very different from each other and have different interests, but the education culture in our society forces them to conform towards a very narrow scope of innovation of growth. To add salt to the injury, we are also forcing young people to go into careers that they are not passionate about killing their curiosity and creativity that could have been birthed by what they really care about. Sometimes our parents, who may also not know better since they also went through the same system of conformity, also push us towards careers that we do not care about.
If your parents steered you towards engineering, but you are passionate about a skill like painting or singing, we believe that you should also have the freedom to explore it when you just need a break from those engineering lectures and that’s why hobbytwin was born.
Use the hobbytwin platform to find other users who love painting during your free time, and get together under a tree or something and paint whatever you find interesting during your free time.
Hobbytwin offers you the freedom to express yourself through your hobbies and fun interests during your free time. Time is limited: take advantage of this platform to learn, explore and become whoever you wanted to become when you were younger.
In the past, we used to think that the best-educated people were individuals with the highest number of credentials or the most advanced degrees. That is not the case anymore. Today, the best-educated people are the ones who develop an unlimited curiosity, drive, and ambition especially early on in their lives, which enable them to acquire a tremendous amount of knowledge and a broad general education.
One trademark of an ‘educated’ person is the commitment to growth and keeping pace with the rapidly changing technology of the time because we need to understand that we can finish school, but we can never finish education.
How HobbyTwin fit in all this?
With hobbytwin, you do not only improve on the skills you already know, but you also get matched with people around you who can teach you the hobbies you would like to learn or do at least once in your lifetime. It could be painting, playing an instrument, learning a foreign language, swimming among so many other skills. Lest you forget, these people are your neighbors, classmates or workmates as the app finds you people around you from a radius of 100 meters. Come to think of it, hobbytwin promotes free education as it only seeks to encourage you to pursue the skills you are passionate about. It also encourages the development of GRIT; the only real factor that determines if you are going to do well in life or not.
It is not your background, race, color, resources, or even a high IQ level that determines if you are going to do well in life: it is GRIT!
How can we develop grit?
If you have a strong belief that you are going to make it, and keep pushing yourself hard enough and seek to learn/master every skill in your path, you will find yourself believing that you can learn almost anything in this world, and soon enough that belief turns into ‘I must do everything I can.’ All you need to master any skill in this world is grit, which is almost the same as aptitude. Grit suggests unwavering determination and resilience and maximizing on every opportunity that comes your way. How can we develop grit? By training our bodies and brain to want to master everything on your path, no matter the activity at hand. You don’t have to be a straight-As student in school, but you have no excuses for not doing the best that you can. You can only develop grit if you always do the best you can in every situation whether you are playing soccer, playing chess or pursuing any other activity. You may not get it to perfection especially if it is something you are learning for the first time, but you should never give a subpar effort. Whatever you do, you must always give it your best.
Jim Rohn, one of the best speakers of the late 90s and early 2000s, used to ask; ‘How tall does a tree grow?’ The answer; ‘as tall as it possibly can!’
He suggested getting in the habit of leaving everything better than you found it. If you get a job, leave it better than you found it. Everything you touch should become better than you found it, else your life will be like the fig tree in the bible that Jesus cursed for having no figs year after year and season after season whenever he came across it. This was one of the few times Jesus lost his cool in the bible, and this time he had had enough. He cursed the tree and said that, if a tree does not produce any fruits, it should be put down.
How can we teach young kids to develop grit today?
By challenging them to be always ready to learn everything around them, and strive to always give their best at whatever they do. They do not even have to start with complex skills such as probability or calculus, they can start with the simplest of skills; their passions and interests (hobbies and fun interests). At hobbytwin, we believe that If you are not doing your best at whatever you are doing? That is time wasted! And we already know that THE BEST TEACHERS ARE THE PEOPLE WE ARE LIVING WITH RIGHT NOW AND EVERYONE YOU MEET CAN TEACH YOU SOMETHING YOU DONT KNOW; use the people around you to explore your free skills. Who knows, you might just become the greatest guitarist, swimmer, biker, chef or painter in your town, city or country. We might just discover the next greatest performers, painter, mechanics or genius inventors of our time through hobbytwin, and all for free.
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