MAGICAL CHILDREN SERIES
Give Children Magical Powers
If you could have magical power, what would it be? I would choose the power to sleep through my kids jumping on my bed in the morning and the power to keep smiling without blushing when they fart really loudly in public. I have the latter power already. I am working on the first one by waking up earlier than they do.
The next, more serious question is, what magical power would you choose for your kids?
Artificial intelligence, robotic technology, and 5G network deployment promise an earth-shaking change for our future. Will our children be overwhelmed by the arrival of intelligent robotic armies that could replace most of our jobs? Or will they find the hope and passion to thrive and create a better future?
The iMaWorld book series adventures of Yolkbaby and her friends is my humble attempt to provide children with magical powers and teach them entrepreneurial spirit and design thinking to overcome the challenges of the future.
Magical Powers for All
So, what power do we want to give our children to help them build a better future? I want the most awesome power that will help them get any power they desire. With a seven year soul journey and an MBA from a prestigious school (I am smart!), I believe the power to get all other powers has three ingredients.
First, love and empathy, the power to point to the true north. With loving parents and the ability to feel what others feel, love can guide our children to use their superpowers for the right things.
Second, creativity, the ability to see the future and the ability to believe that they can WILL the future they see into existence. If there is a will, there is a way. Actually, many different ways, with creativity.
Third, determination, the strength to never give up. What we decide and declare today is the reality of the future. We may not be the generation to send our children to travel space. However, we can be the start that puts the future into action.
The children already have these ingredients in them. We can enable them to use whatever magical power they desire when we overflow their fuel tank with love. (See examples of real life super powers at the end of this introduction.)
Business, Technology and Faith
So, why share entrepreneurial spirit and design thinking? Business, technology, and faith are the three pillars of our world. Business appropriates and allocates resources in a semi-efficient way. Technology solves problems such as food shortages and pushes the frontiers of our life. Faith helps us believe that in all that we do, that we can make a difference in our future and push the frontier of our existence in the right direction. These drivers are like husband and wife, in good days, working in harmony and reinforcing each other.
However, a single factor can derail the harmonious workings of these drivers: our mind. Our mind points to a version of the future and sets it in motion. When we lose hope, doom follows. When we believe in good, the future expands and blossoms.
We live in a real world where the three magical ingredients can help us set and restore the expanding momentum of the three pillars. Through the adventures of Yolkbaby, iMaSensei, and quantum-power-related-heroes, I tell simple stories aiming to nurture our children with knowledge and curiosity to navigate the future world with excitement and courage.
What’s in These Books?
Episode 1: The Beginning of The Rocks introduces the magical rocks that symbolize empathy, creativity, and determination. It also incorporates business terms such as revenue, cost, profit, and the entrepreneurial spirit in a story of how Yolkbaby solves a problem caused by the over-achieving landlord, Lord Onion.
Episode 2: A Far…t Encounter asks children to think deeper when defining a problem they are trying to solve. “Keep your heart strong, refuse to do wrong. Don’t let fear and anger keep you from the real answer,” iMaSensei tells Yolkbaby. Children will find out how Yolkbaby uses this advice help solve their food shortage.
In episode 3: I Have A Dream, Yolkbaby fights against the Wind Monster, Fujin, of ancient Japan. This story brings out the essence of design thinking as Yolkbaby and her friends test prototype inventions to save the town and incorporates marketing concepts as they attempt to sell their products. And believe it or not, my picky eater son tried and liked sushi because of this story!
In episode 4: A Leap of Faith, Yolkbaby time travels to modern day New York. She fights against the monster boss General Menohope with her future counterparts, Quantum Boy, Watergirl and Mindweaver. In this story, I share the importance of having the courage to just get started no matter how big the challenges may seem. Menohope challenges Yolkbaby to put a rope around the universe in three days! Find out how she solves that problem with her leap of faith, quantum time travel, and teamwork between old and new rock bearers.
Wait! There is More!
For the wellness of your mind, I want you to feel really good spending hard earned money to buy these silly books! I won’t try to hypnotize the customers like Lord Onion tries to do in the book. I will help your children or even you to fail. Yes, I promise failure! I am really good at failing! I failed at running a huge real estate project in China, where anyone can succeed in real estate projects. I failed at building a real estate investment fund with help from a major multinational investment bank that never fails. Most importantly, with English as my second language, I struggled and failed my English writing exam of my high school in Hong Kong!
“Wait!” Yolkbaby’s favorite word. You already know the value of failure as a route to reach success. So, why am I trying to sell you on a value that you already know? It is because there is a better way to fail more effectively than the way I experienced. The more we fail, the quicker we find the way to success, if we do it systematically. That’s where design thinking comes in. It is a framework developed by the really super smartly intelligent people at Stanford University’s design school. The five simple steps below show how to work with failure to achieve success.
Feel how others feel and want to do something about it. Who is it for? Why would it matter for them?
Find out the real problem you need to solve. Sometimes the real problem will hide behind fake problems. Don’t be fooled!
Come up with as many ways to solve the problems as possible with a friend or your parents. Write down even really silly ideas. Then chose the ideas you like the most!
Build something simple and fast to show how your chosen ideas work. Even just paper models or a skit to tell people about the idea.
Ask and write down what others think about your ideas. Is it working well? Or do you need to define the problem again or ideate again?
Many of the amazing products that we use are developed through this effective process. I have infused this framework organically into the magical journeys of Yolkbaby and her friends. Each book has an exercise in the back for young readers to build on their learning! I had to use some pretty expensive connections to get myself to attend one of these design thinking courses. It changed my life. These very books are a product of this process. I believe that it has changed my life for the better. So, what I am selling you is really the opportunity for a better life for you and your children. When I snap my fingers, you will feel really good about buying these books and really enjoy them! SNAP!
I hope it worked. I believe it will! J
Real Life Magical Power of Children
The real life Quantum Boy (Jacob, 8) helped me see the future one time. There is a routine that I do with my children. I make it an effort to reassure my kids that my love for them will never change, no matter what, by asking them questions as follows:
Me: “who is my favorite son/daughter?”
Me: “will that ever change?”
Me: “Could anything change that?”
Then I give them a pat and a hug to let them know that they got the right answers.
Of course, when Alden (the real life Mindweaver) was born, I had to change the question to “who is my favorite boy” because Alden would be my favorite baby. However, Jacob always answers these questions without any hesitation. He knows I mean it. One day, I was talking to Jacob and he made a comment:
“I used to be your favorite son. But now with Alden, I am your favorite boy. Alden and I are equal, but he is a baby and younger and needs more care.”
I saw clearly how Quantum Boy genuinely loves Mindweaver. He helped me see that the future will be alright.
The real life Watergirl (Season) brought water of joy from my eyes, too. One time, as I was writing the books, Watergirl played with the 15kg, one and a half year old, Mindweaver in his crib. Suddenly, I heard Watergirl shouting, “Ouch, ouch!” and she started crying. She sounded really in pain. I jumped up and ran to see what happened. She was lying in the crib with Mindweaver standing on one foot like a flamingo on her chest. I immediately lifted Mindweaver off her chest. She was still crying. I asked her why she did not roll away or move Mindweaver off of her. “I didn’t want to hurt him by accident,” she replied. I choked up. Of course, the conversation was immediately followed by praising her selfless sacrifice and the way she could try to avoid pain the next time.
I am grateful and beyond happy that my children have such good and caring hearts. They inspired the heroes in the Yolkbaby stories. They are my co-authors, helping me with empathy, creativity and determination that are infused in these books. Their magical powers brighten my past, present and future. I hope these books will help you and your children experience these magical powers, too.