Blooming Late

I find this excerpt from Malcolm Gladwell’s article on late bloomers both encouraging and grounding.

“On the road to great achievement, the late bloomer will resemble a failure: while the late bloomer is revising and despairing and changing course and slashing canvases to ribbons after months or years, what he or she produces will look like the kind of thing produced by the artist who will never bloom at all. Prodigies are easy. They advertise their genius from the get-go. Late bloomers are hard. They require forbearance and blind faith. (Let’s just be thankful that Cézanne didn’t have a guidance counsellor in high school who looked at his primitive sketches and told him to try accounting.) Whenever we find a late bloomer, we can’t but wonder how many others like him or her we have thwarted because we prematurely judged their talents. But we also have to accept that there’s nothing we can do about it. How can we ever know which of the failures will end up blooming?”

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  1. I love this excerpt, thanks for sharing it!

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    lizzie Reply:

    You’re welcome! If you have anything inspiring that you’d like to pass on to me, I’d love to see it.

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  2. Hey Lizzie, thanks for posting this. What a fascinating article. It really brightened my day.
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    lizzie Reply:

    Glad you like it Eapen. And I’m glad I could brighten your day when I’m sure you are missing some light with your girls so far away.

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  3. This is a scary concept as a parent. Who knows when your child will need that extra faith/encouragement/push/help? And, really, they could be good at almost ANYTHING!

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    lizzie Reply:

    Oh, Misty, I know. I feel it so strongly. Especially as we try to figure out what to do about Manchild’s school next year. I know we need to do what is best for him (and not for us), but what is best for him? Gifted and Talented? Charter? French immersion? The neighborhood school? It causes me no end of headache/heartache thinking that one of my jobs is to help him reach his potential, but also knowing that I have limited control and information on how to do that.

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