Harvard’s Todd Rose on what parents can teach kids about the *new* paths to success, fulfillment
For generations, we’ve been stuck with a cookie-cutter mold for success that requires us to be the same as everyone else, only better. This “standard formula” works for some people but leaves most of us feeling disengaged and frustrated. As much as we might dislike the standard formula, it seems like there’s no other practical path to financial security and a fulfilling life. But what if there is?
On Tuesday, October 9, bestselling author and Harvard professor, Todd Rose, came out with his new book Dark Horse: Achieving Success Through the Pursuit of Fulfillment from Harper Collins, a follow on to his bestselling and critically acclaimed End of Average. In Dark Horse, Todd and neuroscientist Ogi Ogas explore the forces behind the overwhelming success of unlikely and unforeseeable powerhouses like Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, and others who didn’t take the traditional route. College dropouts. Mid-career flameouts. Hobbies and side projects such as mushroom foraging, wine tasting, star gazing turned into amazing professional successes.
In the era of globalization and social-media-driven competition, parents can feel like the “Tiger Mom” approach that pushes kids toward traditional routes to success is the only way. According to Rose, that one-size-fits-all approach is keeping millions of children from reaching their full, unbridled potential. There’s a better way, and Dark Horse shows how.
Rose says success in the new century will be driven by individual happiness and fulfillment. Increasingly, the highest tiers of success will be occupied by “dark horses” that have followed — wholeheartedly — their passions and not been forced by parenting methods or by society into the mold of the average.
As leader of Harvard University’s Laboratory for the Science of the Individual and the Dark Horse Project, Todd’s work focuses not on the best way to achieve success, but rather on the best way for YOU [or your child] to achieve success.
Todd’s own story is a positive example of his theory.
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