Eric Schmidt is the ex-CEO of Google, a distinguished computer scientist, writer, and philanthropist. In partnership with the University of Oxford, he has formed the Rise Foundation with the goal of “connecting talented young people and supporting them for life as they build a better world.”
So, how do you find the most talented and promising people aged 15-17 years old? Surely, there are multiple rounds of application submissions and reviews. But according to Eric Schmidt, this search is built around identifying key principle component traits of the applicants:
According to Eric, “you need all, not just one, to really get to the pinnacle.”
The takeaway is that if you have lofty goals of reaching excellence and making an impact, you need to develop a wholesome and balanced personality. Unfortunately, modern success culture (aka success porn) is obsessed with perseverance and hustle. Even if it sometimes leads to financial gains, such a tunnel-vision approach is nothing more than a pursuit of a futile legacy that leaves one without any sense of fulfillment or meaningful impact. So, it is essential for any aspiring leader to also commit to:
Links to learn more about Eric, his project, and his books:
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It further illustrates how multidisciplinary and multifaceted development is a good thing. Often we get the most brilliant insights as the result of connecting experiences from different domains.