How to Raise a Creative Child?

In adulthood, many prodigies become experts in their fields and leaders in their organizations. Yet “only a fraction of gifted children eventually become revolutionary adult creators,” laments the psychologist Ellen Winner. “Those who do must make a painful transition” to an adult who “ultimately remakes a domain.”

Adam Grant. You’re not thinking this through. “Revolutionary adult creators” are by definition fantastically rare. It is not possible to create a world in which artistic and scientific revolutions are happening every day. By all means let’s get the elites rethinking the absurd ways they raise their children, but in the process let’s not kid ourselves. The fact of the matter is that nothing — nothing — can be done to increase the world’s proportion of radically generative minds. If that’s your goal you’re pipe-dreaming.