Yesterday evening, driving Abe home from his soccer practice, I heard something interesting from an interview on NPR: Some one said that no chess players had reached grandmaster quicker than 10 years. I had an immediate doubt whether it’s a fact. I knew some recent chess prodigies got the GM titles when they were younger than 15 years old. Probably they achieved that in less than 10 years?
Then I was more surprised hearing the recommended message by the host to all parents: stop calling your kid a genius and instead say, hey, good job for studying. Why? As a parent, do I have to agree with it?
The interview is short but fascinating. You could also be captivated with the followings:
- Mozart clocking 3,500 of practice by his sixth birthday.
- David Beckham kicking a soccer ball from the same spot for hours on end.
- If you don’t approach it with a voracious appetite, if you don’t clock up the deliberate practice, it’s not going to get you anywhere.
- We must praise young people for their effort and not for their talent, and try to embed the growth mindset.
If you want to read more about the interview about what lies behind success and excellence in sports and other endeavors, check here.