"...Modeling ourselves on the most accomplished individuals can have another drawback: it can actually make us less motivated. In an article published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, psychologists Diana E. Betz and Denise Sekaquaptewa note that women in STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—are often labeled "unfeminine," an image that may discourage female students from pursuing these fields..."
Søren Kierkegaard once wrote: "Life is understood backwards; but must be lived forwards."
We continually hold up extraordinary stories of success to inspire our students-- and it seems a good thing to do. The Brilliant Report here publishes data that should give us pause. Maybe we should focus more on less well known people who have been able to embrace dyslexia and incorporate the traits and qualities, the problems and charateristics that challenge or strengthen their activities. Let's give kids something real to reach for.
I am coming to the understanding that dyslexia Iinforms and illuminates my thinking about my life as I learn more about it through my lifespan. I will not let it define me. I am more than my dyslexia. Who among us will ever own a controlling interest in the UK as Branson does? Who among us is an 'Einstien'?
Even Albert Einstien wasn't an 'Einstein' when he was a child!--just sayin'--Lou
"If a role model relationship is to help you think and act more intelligently, you'll have to choose the right person to emulate—and as is so often the case, science has some surprising and counter-intuitive insights to contribute here. The right role model may not be the brightest light in your field, but rather someone more humanly flawed.
In an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, for example, Jerker Denrell of the University of Oxford and Chengwei Liu of the University of Warwick counsel us to model ourselves on solid, second-tier performers, not the flashy types who come in first. The researchers reported on the results of a game played in many rounds. Over time, the most skilled players came to inhabit a second tier of reliable competence. Those who succeeded spectacularly—who took their places in the first tier—were often not the most skilled, but rather were those who got some lucky breaks early on or took big risks that happened to pay off...."