A few weeks ago Caine Monroy was just a 9yr old boy with a big imagination. Today he is an internet sensation. All because filmmaker
Nirvan Mullick walked into an auto part store expecting to find well, auto parts, and instead discovered the power of wonder, dreaming big and “imaginuity” (that amazing place where imagination and ingenuity meet.)
The 11 minute short film about Caine’s cardboard arcade has won America’s heart. It was featured on The Today Show and has been shared millions of times across the globe. Caine’s Arcade Facebook page boasts over 45,000 Likes, with fans and supporters having raised over $100,000 for his scholarship fund in just three days.
Unless you have a heart of ice, the film will make you smile. Who doesn’t like to see a 9yr old’s wish come true?! But that’s not why I’m talking about it. This little boy makes me miss childhood. Why as adults have we let go of that child-like optimism that comes with thinking big? We’ve been told ‘no’ so many times, we’ve limited our thinking to what we know will “work.” We lost the optimism that comes with putting out the craziest thing we can think of and truly believing it will work.
Creating big ideas worth talking about means we need to get back to thinking like children. Get inside our imaginations and believe in what could be. Bring back “IMAGINUITY!” Believe the impossible is possible. Start creating like you’ve never been told no.
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The power of social media and young boy with imagination who raises over $140k for his college fund with one video.
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