Kids Who Think Outside the Box: Helping Your Unique Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World / Edition 1

Kids Who Think Outside the Box: Helping Your Unique Child Thrive in a Cookie-Cutter World / Edition 1

by Stephanie Lerner, Stephanie Freund Lerner
     
 

"Look at today's superachievers in business, technology, the arts, sports, and politics. What were they like as children and teens, and what brought out their incredible talents? In this extraordinary book, 22 unparalleled achievers from diverse professions talk about their own experiences, offering candid insights on mentoring

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"Look at today's superachievers in business, technology, the arts, sports, and politics. What were they like as children and teens, and what brought out their incredible talents? In this extraordinary book, 22 unparalleled achievers from diverse professions talk about their own experiences, offering candid insights on mentoring and empowering children with high potential. Kids Who Think Outside the Box presents strategies for parents, teachers, and others to use to harness a child's natural inclinations and gifts, whatever they may be.

First-person narratives include:

Legendary musician and former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney; Academy Award®-nominated director, producer, and actor Spike Lee; New York City Mayor and former Bloomberg LLP Chief Executive Michael R. Bloomberg; Goldman Sachs Vice Chairman Robert D. Hormats; artist Chuck Close; hockey legend Rod Gilbert; presidential advisor Michael Gerson; world-renowned heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz; naturalist and South Pole explorer Tori Murden McClure; and others

The book also includes an extensive directory of programs and resources, from science camps to performing arts academies, leadership institutes, elite sports training programs, and more. Far from fanciful theory, this book is designed to be used in the development of our future ""living legends."" Featuring an unprecedented confluence of first-hand accounts, careful research, and practical tools and resources, Kids Who Think Outside the Box will help readers tap the vast potential in every child."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814472750
Publisher:
AMACOM Books
Publication date:
04/08/2005
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

Table of Contents

"Foreword: The Importance of Individuality and Thinking Differently by Mary Ann Dudko, Ph.D. xi

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xix

Introduction: Who Are the Kids Who Think Outside the Box? xxi

Part One

NURTURING YOUR UNIQUE CHILD 1

Do All Kids Have Out-of-the-Box Potential? You Bet They Do! 3

Part Two

LIVING LEGENDS AND EMINENT ACHIEVERS: THEIR STORIES 11

THE ARTISTS

SPIKE LEE Filmmaker, Actor, Author, Teacher 14

A Strong Sense of Self

PAUL McCARTNEY Musician, Composer, Performer, Writer, Producer 20

The Positive Power of Love

PHILIPPE ROUSSELOT Cinematographer, Artist, Filmmaker 22

Be Proud of Being Different

JOHN NELS HATLEBERG Artist, Designer 27

Security, Patience, Perseverance

BARBARA CHASE-RIBOUD Writer, Sculptor 32

Never Be Afraid

CHRISTINE CHOY Artist, Filmmaker, Teacher 36

Imagination and Creativity

JOHN WESTERMANN Writer 41

Never Quit

THE LEADERS

ROBERT D. HORMATS Economist, Financier, Ambassador 44

Run Your Own Race

MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG Mayor, Entrepreneur 50

Listen, Question, Test, Think

RICHARD ""MIKE"" MULLANE Astronaut, Writer 53

It Always Counts

ELON MUSK Entrepreneur 57

Innovation, Drive, and Determination

ERIC ANDERSON Entrepreneur 61

Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Chance

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON Astrophysicist 65

Reach for Your Own Star

DOUG MOSS Publisher, Environmentalist 70

Ambition and Perseverance

JACK J. CAMBRIA New York Police Department Hostage Negotiator 75

Never Give Up

MARK NORELL Paleontologist 78

Work Hard, Play Hard, Think Hard, Finish Stuff

JOHN A. HAYS Deputy Chairman, Christie’s, North and South America 82

You Can Do Anything If You Set Your Mind to It

JOSEPH DENOFRIO Senior Vice President for Fashion, Macy’s 84

Aim High

JOHN R. PASSARINI Educator, Coach 88

Limited Only by Our Thoughts

DOUGLAS JACKSON Educator 93

Make the Connections Between What Could Be and What Is

THE SCIENTISTS

MARIO J. MOLINA Nobel Prize Winning Chemist 97

It’s OK to Be Original

ADAM G. RIESS Astrophysicist 102

Knowledge . . . the Great Equalizer

VINTON G. CERF Internet Cofounder and Developer 105

Conventional Wisdom Is Not Always Right

DOUGLAS C. ENGELBART Computer Scientist 109

Imagine All Kinds of Things

MEHMET OZ Surgeon, Naturalist 114

Persistent Curiosity

STEVEN I. PFEIFFER Psychologist, Educator 117

Let Your Dreams Evolve

THE ATHLETES

ROD GILBERT Ice Hockey All-Star 120

Go the Extra Mile

BRIAN MARTIN Luge Olympic Medallist 126

Unyielding Devotion and Dedication

RACHAEL SCDORIS Iditarod Sled Dog Musher 130

Ignore What Others Say, Do What You Love

TORI MURDEN McCLURE Rower, Skier, Mountain Climber 134

Patience, Endurance, Resourcefulness

FRED ZIMNY U.S. National and Olympic Luge Team Manager 140

Unconditional Support

Part Three

THE SOURCE BOOK: Exceptional Programs, Adventures, and Voyages for Your Child: Ages Youth to College 145

PROGRAMS: BY SPHERE OF INTEREST

Altruist: Community Servant, Healer, Teacher 149

Artist: Musician, Performer 159

Athlete: Competitor 173

Designer: Architect 177

Entrepreneur: Financier, Economist 187

Historian 189

Intellectual 195

Inventor: Innovator, Computer Scientist/Technician 205

Leader: Negotiator, Debater, Peacemaker 210

Naturalist: Outdoor Adventurer, Explorer 216

Observer: Writer 227

Scientist 233

Other Significant Programs/Services 246

Index 251"

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