Ryan Gutterson ’14: The Most Interesting TED Talk in the World

I love this guy! Ryan Gutterson, I’m sorry, but you are never allowed to graduate, you oh Most Interesting MBA in the World.

20140414 Ryan Gutterson at TED 2014 from Daily Bruin

Ryan Gutterson ’14 (center), one of the student speakers at the third annual TED Talk at UCLA. (Courtesy of TEDanderson)

As reported in the Daily Bruin by Fiona Kirby

UCLA Anderson hosted its third TED Talks on-campus last week. One of the Thursday evening presenters was Ryan Gutterson, FEMBA 2014.

Ryan Gutterson said he noticed the negative repercussions for children when adult figures in their lives overprotect them during play.

In addition to his personal experience, an article about overprotected children in Atlantic Monthly prompted Gutterson to focus his talk on child development and the positive impact exposure to moderate risks can have on kids’ life skills.

Gutterson said he thinks adult figures overreacting or overprotecting children could be detrimental to their growth.

He opened his talk with an anecdote about working in a school and seeing a teacher bench a boy during recess. When he asked why, the teacher said it was because the boy was running. After an accident in which two girls ran into each other during recess and one dislocated her jaw, running had not been allowed at the school.

He said he thinks mindsets similar to the teacher’s do not help children learn the skills needed to develop an entrepreneurial spirit, such as outside-the-box thinking, which comes from doses of independence.

“They get that (entrepreneurial spirit) by being taught skills and then getting out there and being encouraged to use them,” he said.

He said while parent involvement in their children’s lives is incredibly important, he was concerned about inhibiting kids from being able to do what they are capable of doing.

He said he has great admiration for parents and the pressure they are under in such a crucial role. Still, he said a parents’ instinct to be afraid for their child can be inhibiting.

“To me, that’s the kind of involvement that makes the most sense: teaching, and then backing off a little bit, as opposed to having control and steering your kid toward what you think makes them successful or what you think they need,” he said.

And, if you really want to see Ryan exercise his acting chops, you have to watch his prize-winning, 60-second, UCLA Anderson Commercial Challenge entry below:

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