One day I thought about men who were or are mind-blowingly successful in their careers. Not only are they very successful, but they are exceptionally happy with their job positions. Men who go for their dreams and do what no one else attempts, and it leads to great success. It made me wonder if their accomplishments had anything to do with the parenting they received.
What if anything did their parents do to make them people who take risks? What kind of schooling did these men have? I decided to do some research and find out, and I wanted to see if there was anything I thought was worth emulating. I really want my kids to love their occupations as much as I did, and I want them to be lifelong learners!
Here are the facts that I found that I took into consideration:
Steve Jobs, Founder of the Apple Inc.:
- Steve did not care much about elementary school and rarely participated mainly because of boredom and no challenges. He finally got a teacher who challenged him in 4th grade, and he then skipped the next grade and went on to junior high.
- Steve’s parents moved him to another school because he got bullied.
- His father (He was adopted if you didn’t know.) spent a lot of time with him, and they shopped for computer parts on the weekends. Steve would then use these experiences to learn from and build his own computers.
- His parents supported his love for computers. Steve took apart and put computers together with his neighbor.
- The only thing competitive that he did was swim team.
- Steve joined many computer/electronic clubs.
- He dropped out of college. Jobs stayed living on campus and dropped in on classes that interested him.
- At a younger age, Steve gave credit to his upbringing and growing up in Silicon Valley for the character he had, but later he met his biological sister. He saw many similarities in her character as his, and this led him to believe that his character and brains came from genetics.
Mark Zuckerberg, Founder of Facebook:
- Mark was intrigued by computers by middle school, so his dad taught him computer programming.
- Because Mark was not challenged in his high school, his parents sent him to the Phillips Exeter Academy in another state. The school’s main focus seems to be collaboration, the arts, and 12:1 class size. If the school is all that its website describes. Super impressive in my opinion.
- He attended Harvard University where he created the beginning of Facebook, and he later dropped out of Harvard.
Jeff Bezos, Founder of Amazon:
- As a toddler, he took his crib apart with a screwdriver.
- He was the son of a teen mom.
- Bezos showed an early interest in how things work. He turned his parents’ garage into a laboratory, and he loved to work on electrical contraptions around the house.
- From age 4 to 16 he spent summers on his grandparents’ ranch in Texas.
- He was/is a Star Trek lover.
- Jeff graduated valedictorian of his class. He went to Princeton, and he graduated.
Sam Walton, Founder of Wal-Mart:
- Sam was an Eagle Scout. See more on Eagel Scout Success Here
- He worked very hard as a child sometimes waking at 2am to begin chores.
- He grew up during the Great Depression.
- Sam’s family moved quite a bit.
- He went to the University of Missouri and graduated.
- He moved up the ladder – leader, boss, or president in all his extracurriculars and in his workplace.
Commonalities of the Ways These Masterminds Were Parented:
After studying the childhoods’ of these men, there were a couple of conclusions that I gathered that some of their upbringings had in common or their personalities.
- Their parents supported their interest and helped them to dive deep into learning everything they could about their interest.
- They wasted NO time staying involved in anything that was not helping them get to their goals.
- Their parents allowed them to leave home for long periods of time for school, camps or relatives which helped them become very independent and find themselves. They spent time away from their families to learn or work. The men all say these experiences helped them develop perseverance.
The men kept trying different jobs until they hit huge success. Some left extremely successful positions to follow their dreams.
5. Additionally, if the kids’ schools left them unchallenged, the parents made sure the kids were challenged at home or sent them to different schools.
6. They all attended public school for most of their school careers.
If there is anyone that you consider successful that you are curious about, I encourage you to Google their childhood.
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