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Greetings once again fellow entrepreneur, it’s with great pleasure that I introduce you to Clinton Swaine, who inspired this second article in the Creative Visionary series (the first being Marcin Jacubowski).
Just to jog your memory, this series is designed to inspire you with examples of living individuals who are contributing in extraordinary ways and remind you that your dreams are worth following, no matter what.
Press the play button to listen to my short interview with Clinton Swaine –
Clinton is a world leader and authority on using structured games and play for adult education and learning. Throughout this article, I’ll spell out why this work has such a profound impact in the lives of those who encounter it, but just to set the scene, let’s begin with one of my favorite quotes from Plato;
You can learn more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
Clinton’s work immerses people in a highly accelerated learning environment that gifts them with exactly what our dear friend Plato is talking about. Through engaging in strategically designed and structured games, you learn a lot more about yourself and what you need in order to succeed in any area of your life.
My regular readers will have heard me celebrating the power of play in our lives, so when I encountered Clinton’s work, he immediately skyrocketed to the top of the list and even bumped Sir Ken Robinson, an all time favorite of mine, from his place in this week’s article. (Don’t worry Sir Ken fans, he’s coming next.)
So, why is play so powerful and why is it such an integral part of accelerated learning?
As Clinton says,
When you play, you’re engaging your whole body as well as your whole brain. By learning through games, you’re drilling skills and learning in simulated real life scenarios. This means you create strong neural pathways that get real life results for you much faster than any of the traditional conceptual learning methods currently used in children’s or adult education.
But you don’t have to just take our word for how powerful play is for developing your potential. Dr. Stuart Brown is a medical doctor, psychiatrist, clinical researcher and published author who has dedicated his entire life to studying play behavior in humans.
Throughout his lifetime of research, Dr. Brown has found play to be vital to our overall health and well being as individuals and societies; he’s even created his own Institute for Play.
Dr Brown initially began studying play as a result of his clinical research of homicidal young males that uncovered the serious consequences of a life devoid of play. When we neglect play in our lives, our mental, emotional and spiritual growth can be drastically retarded.
Are you beginning to get just how important play is? Clinton Swaine is the only person I’ve encountered who utilizes the most accelerated learning tools we have – games and play, to create courses (21 and counting) for adults to empower them to access and express their true potential.
A self-confessed “Intellectual Property Juggernaut” Clinton envisages he will continue creating and refining as many as 30 to 45 courses in games based learning. He’s also a living, breathing example of a polymath. If you’re not sure what this is, it’s someone whose expertise spans a significant number of different subjects. Examples of well known polymaths include Leonardo da Vinci, Galileo, Francis Bacon to name a few.
Clinton researches, writes (books and songs), designs games based training and education and shares his knowledge with people around the world, and if you want to be even more surprised, ask him about his Olympic level gymnastic training 🙂 .
It’s not just the content and delivery of Clinton’s trainings that have a powerful impact in the lives of people across the globe. Being able to observe and become aware of someone who breaks commonly held misconceptions we have about the limits of human potential is inspiring and paradigm shifting in itself.
Clinton spoke about his research into the lives of genius. He explained that all the people who have become brilliant have put thousands upon thousands of hours into training. No one masters anything without putting in the years required to reach a level of mastery. But you can accelerate your learning curve if you use the right tools.
Clinton’s contribution will affect the lives of generations to come because he not only creates shifts in the minds and lives of the adults who attend his trainings, children and families also attend courses. One of Clinton’s visions is to run kids trainings with his wife who is a special education teacher. These would be held in conjunction with the adult workshops and the two groups would join together for specific game scenarios to learn and integrate the information.
I asked Clinton about the easiest way to access his trainings and where to begin as he has so many courses. He explained that the introductory course, “Play to Win” is the best place to start, and you can find out about it on his website www.frontiertrainings.com.
It runs in Melbourne (Australia), London (UK), and in San Diego (California), and here’s the best news yet – it’s FREE! Clinton offers his initial 3 day games based training completely free of charge because he believes this gives you the opportunity to try it out for yourself. If it gets you results and you like it, you can always decide to join him for his other courses.
I couldn’t fit in everything we discussed in the interview, so I really hope you listen to the podcast. Clinton is an outstanding example of a creative visionary who is changing the world through his work.
You can learn a lot from him, he has a global classroom and a global playground, and you’re invited to join him for some great fun and supercharged learning 🙂