The two paths to success

I love this article by Paul Buchheit who’s the creator of gmail.  It compares the parenting style of American and Chinese parents, and examines how this affects an individual’s ability to set goals, love what they do and attain a sense of satisfaction.

In my case my mother had strong hippie values quite typical of the 60s which basically translated into “my kid can do whatever he wants, I want him to be free to discover his interests for himself” and of course this was a reaction to the parenting style she received in the 50s which was more like “you must do things our way, we will dictate what you do in life”.

Read the article for some of the subtleties that arise from the two approaches.

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