My favorite TED Talk

Prof. Sergio Seloti Jr
2 min readJan 3, 2019


As a child, I dreamed of being an astronaut, a rock star, a firefighter. I also dreamed of being an engineer (even though I did not know they were called engineers at that time) to create a flying car that would fly based on magnetism (should I have followed that way?) And, umm, an archaeologist. It made no sense to study archeology in Brazil at that time — since there was only one program in the Northeast of the country, far from home — but I was passionate about the history of early civilizations. I still am, actually. But archeology would not lead me to make money, since the only way to work in this area in Brazil would be to become a teacher. And I definitely did not want this for my life.

Ah, life, you’re a joker… 😂

I ended up moving towards information technology, information systems and, later, management and strategy. And I became a teacher.

(un)Fortunately, this creative flame — which I call my rebellious teenage side — has remained alive and I ended up using a little bit of this flame in my work to this day — and I hope it stays that way.

Given this context, there is a TED Talk that eventually became my favorite one: I introduce you Sir Kenneth Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

It is obvious that I want my children to go to university, to take those hard sciences diplomas, to be successful professionally and financially. But I also want them to be happy, healthy, to dance — and not to be a robot like their father — and to be creative, imaginative, dreamy.

It is not only a matter of rethinking schools, or teaching, but also it’s a matter of reflecting on what parents, teachers, families, students and society expect from these citizens in training.

To think about…

Originally published at Blog do Prof. Sergio Seloti.Jr.



Prof. Sergio Seloti Jr

Professor, researcher, consultant, business designer, innovator, Kaospilot, entrepreneur, Jedi Master and Storyteller.