Is Your Child Wired for Greatness?
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More links of interest:
Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines, https://www.amazon.com/Capital-Gaines…/dp/0785216308
Alex Charfen and the Evolutionary hunter, https://www.millennialmm.com/the-evolutionary-hunters-in-todays-society/?fbclid=IwAR0RsR2M-JYtP9-r9Jx8seOvfKiO2Hml_4dzxJkt8mKkoMQsELkWoTPASZ8
Marshall Medoff and Solving the Fuel Crisis, https://www.cbsnews.com/video/marshall-medoff-the-unlikely-eccentric-inventor-turning-inedible-plant-life-into-fuel-60-minutes/?fbclid=IwAR0v1iXHF6HqrhQekdbWioNlAZZBiN1Ls1IoyqDdN9mHft9mO8AI7OcRBqY
Today’s topic is a little bit different. We’re gonna depart a little bit from math, and we’re gonna talk about this interesting trend that’s I think happening here at Math for Middles.
But my question to you is, is there a chance your child is actually wired for greatness? I believe the answer is yes. I wanna tell you a little bit more about what pattern I’m noticing emerging, and I wanna explain to you a little bit about what makes your child designed for greatness in the future.
So, an interesting happened. So, last year around this time I was at a conference. And I think we all know about some of the people who are a little off their rockers, that are a little bit different, outside of the box. Like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, folks like that, that just were amazing and they did really cool things and we know they were wired differently. But I love looking for examples of that in our society right now.
So, I was at this conference and there was just tons and tons of amazing business owners speaking on the stage. But it was interesting because person after person presenting, they always started with the same story. “I was really bad at school. I thought I was so stupid, that I couldn’t do anything right. And yet now look at me, I’m running a million, billion-dollar business.” Which is really fascinating.
I started making lists in my notepad of everyone that said that. And I know that the things that make them wired for greatness are highly hereditary as well, and I knew that many of them probably had children that were also destined for greatness in the future. But they were probably experiencing a little bit of frustration themselves, their child is going through that hard part of going through school and working through any kind of negative self-doubt that they’ve got going on. And these entrepreneurs know that that’s gonna be part of their path, their child’s gonna be wired for greatness.
And so an interesting thing that we’re noticing here at Math for Middles, that most of our students, their parents are business owners. And I don’t think that is just coincidence. I really believe it’s because their parents are wired differently. They think differently, they run businesses that move the human race forward. And I believe our students are too.
At this same conference though, there was an interesting gentleman named Alex Sharfin that came on the stage. And he talked about the entrepreneurial personality type, which was fascinating. I kind of held my breath ’cause I think I’ve always been just like a by-accident kind of entrepreneur. And so I thought, “Maybe this is the moment I’m gonna discover that I am not an entrepreneur.” But as he described what the entrepreneurial personality type is like, I heard him describing me and my students. Some of the weird, quirky things that we do.
He mentioned that we get fixated on something, we can’t leave it alone, “And why is that? What’s wrong with me?” is something that’s always going through my head. “What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I just leave that alone and go work a normal job? Why can’t I just go work at the school and do this work?” But it’s because I’m wired differently.
And so a phrase that he used, that I think is really important to talk about, is that he referred to the entrepreneurial personality type more like the evolutionary hunter. We all are together, we’re all part of the same human race, but we can’t all serve the same roles. We can’t all be in charge of the same kinds of things, we need a blend of all kinds of people.
And the evolutionary hunter’s job is to always be on the go. They’re a little bit of a busy-body. They’ve got lots of things going on in their mind, they’re creative, they do all these cool things. And they’re the restless person, they’re who moves the race forward. And so, yes, Albert Einstein, he was an evolutionary hunter, so was Thomas Edison.
And some of the people that I can think of right now that are in our society that are doing this work is like Elon Musk, Richard Branson. And some of the maybe not as well-known people that I thought I would mention are like Chip Gaines. Maybe you are a big fan of Chip and Joanna Gaines. But he too is wired differently.
And so I wanted to take just a minute and share an excerpt from his book, because I just smiled from ear to ear when I read it. I’m like, “Of course, of course, he’s wired for greatness.”
So, at the very beginning of the book he talks about failure to launch. He was in first grade and of course he was struggling to read. And his teachers, they split him into a group. So, here’s what he says.
“The first grade teachers at my elementary school split their classes into four different reading groups. At first I didn’t think anything of it, they were just different teams with cool bird mascots.”
This just cracks me up.
“There were the eagles, the falcons, the bluejays, and of course the mighty penguins, the group I was a proud member of. I was the only penguin in Miss Redding’s class, although there were definitely a few others scattered throughout the first grade. I’m not sure exactly how she decided who went into each group, but I do know that when it was time to read the penguins were ushered out of our individual classrooms and into the gym. And just so you’re getting the full picture of it, it was a great big gymnasium holding about 15 kids, some of who had been diagnosed with actual learning disabilities, and me.”
So, this was a time before dyslexia probably had a rightful place. And Chip may not think he has dyslexia, but we know there’s a wide spectrum of dyslexia out there. But the fact that he was struggling to learn how to read says to me, yeah, he probably had a mild form of dyslexia and they just didn’t know what to do with him. But I love what he says here.
“I knew it wasn’t normal that I couldn’t read yet, but it never occurred to me that it was something to be embarrassed about.”
Then he started thinking about the fact that they were named the penguins.
“Penguins can’t fly. They can do something other birds can’t do. Penguins can swim.”
I just loved that, loved that. I highlighted it, I was so excited. And then right below in his book he talks about other famous failures. I say they’re famous evolutionary hunters. He talked about Walt Disney, Albert Einstein, who I had already mentioned, Oprah Winfrey. Now, this is fascinating. I didn’t know this.
“She was fired from her job as a reporter because she couldn’t separate her emotions from her work. And wouldn’t you know it, that same inability to separate work and emotion was one of the qualities that made us fall in love with her.”
I so agree. And then he mentioned Michael Jackson.
“He was cut from high school basketball team and still went on to be arguably the greatest basketball player of all time.”
So, I love Chip Gaines. This man, I went to Waco, Texas, this last fall, and I can’t believe what he’s done for the city of Waco, all because he and his wife had a vision for their future and they were brave enough to just go after it. He’s wired completely different. Most of us would not choose to do what he’s done, but yet they’ve created just amazing experiences to be had in Waco, which is a really cool thing.
So, the other thing too that I heard recently in the news, just speaking of someone else that’s also wired differently, is Marshall Medoff. He was on CBS 60 Minutes. He is solving the biofuel crisis of our time. And he’s fascinating because the man has no chemistry or formal training background, he just saw a problem and decided, “Hey, I’m going to solve it.”
And he sequestered himself for 15 years, put him off to the side, away from society, so he could study research papers and run experiments and solve this problem. And so I’m gonna share the link with you here in just a minute. So you can go and watch that video, because your children are just like him, wired differently, right? And they’re going to solve the world’s problems in their future.
I love my students. I look at them and I think, “Gosh, they are just destined for greatness.” And it’s hard because they’re in middle school, high school, they don’t see it yet. They don’t believe me. When I talk about it, they’re like, “No, this dyslexia is not a superpower. It’s a total curse. I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
But I have to say, “No. I see so many wonderful things in you.” And I’m so glad they’re working with me because I know they’re gonna have amazing futures, and I’m excited that we get to support them and help them do really well with the math that they need to know. And we don’t care that they’re amazing mathematicians, we just want them to feel confident enough to know the numbers, so that some day when they are Chip Gaines they can look at a profit and loss statement and know what the numbers mean and feel confident about it.
I’m really excited about this, I love our students, and I hope that as you’re watching this, that some of that resonated with you.
I think our students are amazing, they are wired so differently, and the skills that maybe feel like a weakness to them now are going to be their biggest asset when they grow older.
And so if you have a kid that you just feel like, yeah, they’re wired differently … I was just talking to a mom yesterday who said, “Gosh, I just feel like my kids are probably gonna be entrepreneurs or something when they grow up,” and I was thinking, “Funny that you say that. I feel the same way. A lot of these kids are going to change the future.”
And so if you have a kid like that, reach out. We’d love to help them have a better experience at school, and walk out on the other side feeling confident, and that they seize the day with school, and that they ruled the system and broke the rules but yet still got to do well in school and we would love to help with that.
So, reach out to us over at mathformiddles.com. We’d be happy to do that. We’ve got a contact button on almost every page so it’s really easy to get a hold of us.
And I would love to continue our conversation in the comments, if you’d like. I’m gonna share a few links with you to Chip’s book. It’s excellent and it would be a good one to read with your kids, he’s super funny. And then I’ll share about Marshall Medoff and the work that he’s doing, and a few other links that I think you’ll be interested in.
So, thanks so much for joining me and we’ll talk again soon.
Owner of Math for Middles
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