As a parent you want your kid to succeed in life and you'll pretty much do anything to help them do that, so that they don't need to worry about their future.
In research done by Dr Kumar Mehta - who specialises in studying performance and excellence - there are apparently 7 things that parents can help children do regularly that can vastly improve their chances of becoming exceptional in later life.
7 habits that parents can encourage to raise exceptional children
- They encourage their kids of play to their strengths - if you spot that your child is particularly good at something and seems to have some kind of natural ability at it; encourage your kid to focus on it and develop that skill.
- Help make your child aware that by working hard at their skill they will vastly improve it - if this sounds a bit 'tiger parent' to you, it is. As Gary Player once said: "The more I practice, the luckier I become."
- Develop a family culture of striving and excellence - culture breeds character; focus on brilliance being a part of how stuff gets done in your household.
- Develop their self-confidence - confidence people believe that extraordinary results are within their reach. Teach your kids that anything is possible if they can dream it and work towards it.
- Encourage their curiosity - brilliant people are always learning and accept that the learning journey never ends. Kindle your child's curiosity and natural desire to keep learning.
- Focus on early specialisation - if you are able to spot natural talent for a particular discipline early, then help your child specialise in that field so that they can progress through the skill level of their craft intentionally. The quicker they can progress, the more time they have to dedicate time to advanced practice later on.
- Encourage competition and improvement - becoming a master at something means that you need to pit your skills against other in competition and use the learning from that competition to constantly improve.
In summary then:
Play to your strengths, 'practice, practice, practice', compete, learn, focus, believe and constantly aim to improve.
Sounds like a good recipe not just for children but for people in general who are striving to make the best use of their natural talents.