The Five Must-Have Skills Every Child Needs to Succeed

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2. Devotion to Passion

Thomas Edison – who invented, among other things, the lightbulb and the movie camera – once said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Any child who is truly gifted will possess the ability to work independently and concentrate for a long time on things that interest him. Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers: The Story of Success, coined the term “10,000-Hour Rule,” which posits that to become successful in any field, it takes 10,000 hours of practice.