3 Lessons from Howard Gardner’s Study of Extraordinary Individuals

Howard Gardner, Extraordinary Minds: Portraits of 4 Exceptional Individuals and an Examination of Our Own Extraordinariness, Basic Books, 1997, 14-5

1. Extraordinary individuals stand out in the extent to which they reflect–often explicitly–on the events of their lives, large as well as small.

2. Extraordinary individuals are distinguished less by their impressive “raw powers” than by their ability to identify their strengths and then to exploit them.

3. Extraordinary individuals fail often and sometimes dramatically.  Rather than giving up, however, they are challenged to learn from their setbacks and to convert defeats into opportunities.


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