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MOM, IS THIS A DREAM?

  – Mom, is this a dream? - No. - Why? How do you know? - …………………….  My friend Ozge told me that she had this brief and interesting dialogue with her 3-year-old son, Kaan. I told her that the 17th century French philosopher Rene Descartes, who famously said “I think, therefore I am”, asked the same question as Kaan, only at a much later age: “How could one be sure that he is not dreaming? Is the world really the way it appears to us?” My friend joked. “I found a name for your next book: Every Child is a Philosopher”, alluding to my book “Every Child is Talented”. I do believe that every child is a philosopher. The original meaning of the word philosophy comes...

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WHAT IF YOU WERE THE MOTHER OF ONE OF TOP 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE OF THE WORLD?

  Richard Branson is one of the most visionary entrepreneurs of the last century. He is the CEO of Virgin, one of the most powerful companies in the world. He is a philanthropic billionaire who cares for the environment. He is the owner of space ship Galactic that will taking tourists to space in the coming months. In 2007 he was listed among the top 100 most influential people of the world by TIME magazine. I guess every parent would want their child to be very happy and successful in life, a la Branson. So what is his secret? Several factors play a role in such gigantic achievement, however Branson also agrees that the family environment where he grew up is...

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THE STORY OF A NOBEL PRIZE WINNER

The transformation of talent from potential to performance depends on the interaction of our genes, environment and experiences. One of the winners of 2015 Nobel Prize for Chemistry, Aziz Sancar is a great example as to how one can attain extraordinary success through a desirable interaction of these factors. Let’s examine this example through the classical seed-soil metaphor. Let’s assume that the genes represent the seed, the country you are born in is the climate, and the experiences are the maintenance of the soil. Sancar’s genes are suitable to lay the foundations for a scientist, yet he is born in Turkey: The seeds are good, yet the climate is unfavorable because it is not very eligible for science work. There...

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THE SLEEPING SEEDS

When I was a child, we used to have evening delights in front of our house. The seeds were asleep during the day, overlooked by passersby, transforming into gorgeous blossoms of pink and white in evening, embellishing the face of our neighborhood. Nobody would believe that it could be the same flower as the sleeping seeds.   Some children remind of the those sleeping seeds, blooming much later in life. Some start to talk at a much later age than their peers, some walk later, some show slower development in social or other areas. In fact, some children undergo a transformative change as time progresses.   Such as in the case of the German-born physics genius Albert Einstein. Little Albert was too...

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