What does it take to succeed? Of course, that depends on how you choose to define success.
So, how do we keep our own baggage from interfering with our children? Do we have the discipline to let our children discover what success means to them?
Here are some resources for perspective:
1) Malcolm Gladwell's November 10 New Yorker article "The Uses of Adversity" opens with the rags-to-riches review of Sidney Weinberg who - as Gladwell states - was Goldman Sachs.
2) Horatio Alger's Ragged Dick and Fame and Fortune. If you have not discovered the Alger experience, take a weekend and grab on to one of his wonderful, turn-of-the-century novels.
3) Frank Loesser's famous "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" is a Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning play from the same bootstraps vintage. Remember how actor Robert Morse plays J. Pierrepont Finch and works his way from window cleaner to the top of the company?