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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I am not sure it was worth my time, to be honest. While there were some interesting tidbits and I generally agree with the book's premise, I think there are better books on a similar topic. I enjoyed Brain Rules for Baby more. This book is written by a journalist rather than a scientist or doctor and it shows. He clearly put a lot of time and effort in the book and it is loaded with interesting anecdotes, but I would have rather heard a book based in more science and data.
How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
More studies and research and less personal stories.
What does Dan John Miller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I thought the narration was certainly adequate.
Did How Children Succeed inspire you to do anything?
I think it reminded me that I should emphasize perseverance more to my children as they grow up.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
This book raises some key points about what attributes in children predict success in adult life, and they are not what we tend to expect (name, not IQ). But it is also a somewhat scattered and unfocused book, sort of a sampling or anecdotes on the central theme. It spends a lot of time on the personalities and situations of the specific teachers, students, and researchers in the stories rather than driving home the central idea.
This is not really a parenting how-to book, and it tends to focus on older children, about age 10 or above. It is also not really a scientific book. It tends to feel more like journalism, maybe a very long article from a magazine.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful