So You Want Your Child/Student to be Famous?. Ted Goertzel. Why?. To realize your own frustrated ambitions? To help them realize theirs? Because it is a side-effect of helping them to achieve other goals? Famous people are not, on average, happier than other people
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But it may also get results
So long as they push their children where they want to go.
“Facilitating parent” might be a better term
Often the best “pushing” is by example
Reading Cradles may give you ideas for a pathway to eminence that might suit your child.
Mary Pinkney (“Pinky”) MacArthur
His father, General Arthur MacArthur
Douglas at West Point
Parent as facilitator or “coach” parents.
Tiger Woods’ father solved practical problems – such as access to golf courses that - a boy simply could not have resolved on his own.
His mother and his first teacher, Jose Garcia
Buffeted by positive and negative “pushing” throughout her childhood and adolescence.
Pushing by example
Neighbors called Margaret and her siblings the “Children of the Devil”
Pushing by example Charles Darwin and agnostic lawyer Robert Ingersoll
“Buffalo Bill” Cody’s father, Isaac Cody, was an activist in the abolitionist movement, helping to move anti-slavery settlers into Kansas. His family attributed his death to the lasting effects of a stabbing by a pro-slavery settler. “Buffalo Bill” never took any interest in politics.
George W. Charles Darwin and agnostic lawyer Robert Ingersoll
George W. Bush: “I can’t exaggerate to you what wonderful parents George and Barbara Bush were. They were liberating people. There was never that oppressiveness you see with other parents, never the idea that their way was the only way.
Pushing by example
Hugh, Hillary, Hugh, Jr., and Dorothy
Pushing by example
Richard Feynman’s father started teaching him science when he was in his high chair
He gave him colored blocks of different sizes and shapes to organize and analyze
Scientists often had happier childhoods than other eminent people
Parent as facilitator or “coach”
It starts with the genes. You can’t change the genes, but you can observe and test to find a child’s strengths.
The emotional factors are strongly influenced by early childhood – the preschool years
Androgyny childhood – the preschool years
A Sense of Naivete
Passion for work in a domain
Tolerance of ambiguity
Volition or WillPersonality Attributes Cited in the Literature
A minimum level of intellectual competence is necessary, depending on the area of achievement
“Talent” is the tip of the Piirto pyramid – it is the ability to apply abilities, emotions and learning in a specific area
The final ingredient is what the Greeks called a muse, what Jung calls an archetypal passion – Piirto calls it the Thorn in the Side
The “Suns” are Piirto’s metaphor for the environmental factors that nurture the creative individual
Dorothy Baker author, Missoula factors that nurture the creative individual
Dirk Benedict actor, Helena
W. A. Tony Boyle labor union official, Bald Butte
Dana Carvey comedian, Missoula
Gary Cooper actor, Helena
Mike Mansfield, Senator, Great Falls
Chet Huntley journalist, TV newscaster, Cardwell
Will James writer, artist, Great Falls
Evel Knievel daredevil motorcyclist, Butte
Jerry Kramer football player, author, Jordan
Myrna Loy actress, Helena
David Lynch filmmaker, Missoula
George Montgomery actor, Brady
Jeannette Rankin first woman elected to Congress, Missoula
Martha Raye actress, Butte
Michael Smuin choreographer
Lester C. Thurow economist, educator, Livingston
Norman Maclean, writer
Thomas McGuane, writer, from Mcleod, alcoholic father
Some fruit of the Montana “Sun”
http://www.thingstodo.com/states/MT/famous_people.htm factors that nurture the creative individual