“What’s going on here?” DRIVE and an interest in an open field: – but another aspect not to forget: Generalists who came from wealth or prominence or have families that sacrifice EVERYTHING for their generalist child, have a leg up and it’s intellectually dishonest to exclude that. This doesn’t take away from their achievements but money or influence opens doors that exclude many who might be equal or greater qualified generalists that never the same opportunities. They each had to pull their weight and be high achievers ON TOP OF it… but to get places you usually have to have that invisible leg up.: but there’s some exceptions: Elon Musk (Yes, they ate beans for 3 weeks when they first came to Canada) Steve Jobs (adoptive family sacrificed their home to get him into school) Leonardo Da Vinci (son of wealthy landowning attorney Marie Curie (family of prominent scientists) Ben Franklin had fortitude and was born in an era where being sharp and rounded could rise you to prominence as many were less educated. Thomas Edison, being much of the PT Barnum hype era, is difficult to know fact from fiction of his childhood. Richard Feynman is likely the most “everyman” American middle-class, generalist who succeeded through being smart but not too smart (IQ of 125), public school education in a progressive education era (Dewey) in a progressive city which recognized talent at the time prior to WW2 to good schools – and he reached his fullest powers at 23 years of age with ” “The Principle of Least Action in Quantum Mechanics” and Wheeler as his advisor.

“What’s going on here?” DRIVE and an interest in an open field: – but another aspect not to forget:

Generalists who came from wealth or prominence or have families that sacrifice EVERYTHING for their generalist child, have a leg up and it’s intellectually dishonest to exclude that. This doesn’t take away from their achievements but money or influence opens doors that exclude many who might be equal or greater qualified generalists that never the same opportunities.

They each had to pull their weight and be high achievers ON TOP OF it… but to get places you usually have to have that invisible leg up.: but there’s some exceptions:

Elon Musk (Yes, they ate beans for 3 weeks when they first came to Canada)
Steve Jobs (adoptive family sacrificed their home to get him into school)
Leonardo Da Vinci (son of wealthy landowning attorney
Marie Curie (family of prominent scientists)

Ben Franklin had fortitude and was born in an era where being sharp and rounded could rise you to prominence as many were less educated.

Thomas Edison, being much of the PT Barnum hype era, is difficult to know fact from fiction of his childhood.

Richard Feynman is likely the most “everyman” American middle-class, generalist who succeeded through being smart but not too smart (IQ of 125), public school education in a progressive education era (Dewey) in a progressive city which recognized talent at the time prior to WW2 to good schools – and he reached his fullest powers at 23 years of age with ” “The Principle of Least Action in Quantum Mechanics” and Wheeler as his advisor.

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