To describe what this blog is about it’s best to first disclaim:  It is NOT meant to be:

Judgmental in any way;

A psychological or psychiatric review;

A criticism of any one method of childrearing;

A congratulation or advocacy of any method of childrearing.

This is meant to be an earnest, but non-scientific examination of the early days of a leader through the eyes of his/her parents born from a nascent curiosity of the author.   Where does human greatness come from? Is it pre-ordained?  Is it developed over time?  Is it genetic? Is there a formula?

Why is someone so darned gifted – be it in business matters, athletics, leadership, spiritually or otherwise — when most of us are not?  How does an ordinary somebody attain the pinnacle of success in their chosen field?  What makes a hero?  Were they always ordinary, or was there something special about them from the start?  OR, did they receive special parenting, schooling, training, or coaching – some extra impetus — to make them so wonderful?

What’s the formula?

I attempt to find out in these pages.  Through conversations with parents of celebrities, heroes, rainmakers and leaders, I hope to show that each home is different; parenting styles vary (amongst families and amongst children in one family); nurture and nature both influence.  And most importantly, each child is unique and brings their own personality, intelligence, spirit and perspective to bear.

Please let me know who you’d like to know more about, and please send me questions you want answered.   And check the Updates link regularly for status or changes to the blog format.  Thank you for visiting WTF.


The Author

18 Responses to “About”

  1. Mitchell Norton September 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Thank you for liking my post at Studying the Way. I have been browsing through your site and believe the idea behind your blog to be quite interesting.

    I found myself thrust into the role of a leader at my job a few years ago, and first learned of the potential that God had blessed me with. I was not a leader early in life, but I can see where my faith in God has lead and guided me to where I am today. I have a couple of mentors who have been helping me develop my leardership abilities, and I also mentor some young me who I have seen leadership potential in.

    Anyways, just thought I would share. Thanks again for stopping by.

    • whatstheformulablog September 11, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

      It’s great to discover your abilities early, and i’m glad you did and that you’re passing your mentorship experience on to younger people. i do believe mentoring is important in developing leaders. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Isabel March 6, 2013 at 8:30 pm #

      I really like the way you express yourself and your faith in God as well. God is good all the time. God and your mentor helped you in more ways than one. I wish sometimes that I had a mentor instead I became someone else s mentor my son Julius Isaiah. He dose not like to go to church to tight yet, but he loves to pray with me. Anyways Bless you and yours.

      • whatstheformulablog March 7, 2013 at 8:51 am #

        Hi Isabelle, thanks for stopping by. And good luck with your son.

  2. augusta September 12, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    What a great idea… I have friends from Africa, India, and China, who managed to get to the US, finish college, and fit in successfully, with the barriers of language, culture, etc., to overcome. If you are interested in interviewing them about their upbringing, let me know.

    • whatstheformulablog September 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

      hi, thanks so much for reading my blog and commenting. i too know many immigrant success stories so have a fount of research sources. if however, one of your friends would like to write a guest post, i’d be more than happy to publish it here.

      • augusta September 13, 2012 at 4:03 am #

        Thank you for the offer. What I might ;possibly do is to write up one of the interesting people we meet in our bicycle travels. I will keep it in mind. — Aggie

      • whatstheformulablog September 13, 2012 at 10:40 am #

        great. thanks.

  3. Denise September 19, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    so far, very impressive.

    • whatstheformulablog September 19, 2012 at 9:13 am #

      thanks. i edited your comment slightly to maintain some anonymity.

  4. Mrs H September 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    Hi. Thanks very much for visiting my blog and liking ‘watch out, pushy parent about’. Apologies it has taken me this long to come to yours – overwhelmed by blog stuff! Wow, what a cool concept for a blog. Looking forward to reading more.

  5. Lila March 21, 2013 at 4:15 am #

    Ah, now I understand (regarding the birth stats).
    Very interesting blog!

  6. Madie Hodges August 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    Hey! I have a question about your blog. Could you please email me when you get a chance? Thanks!

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