How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off

By Adam Grant

Child prodigies rarely become adult geniuses who change the world. We assume that they must lack the social and emotional skills to function in society. When you look at the evidence, though, this explanation doesn’t suffice: Less than a quarter of gifted children suffer from social and emotional problems. A vast majority are well adjusted — as winning at a cocktail party as in the spelling bee.

What holds them back is that they don’t learn to be original. They strive to earn the approval of their parents and the admiration of their teachers. But as they perform in Carnegie Hall and become chess champions, something unexpected happens: Practice makes perfect, but it doesn’t make new.

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The top 10 skills that will be in demand by all employers by 2020

By Cadie Thompson

In fewer than four years, employers will seek employees with very different skill sets than they do today. In fact, on average more than one third of the desired skill sets of most occupations will be comprised of skills that are not yet considered important to the job today, according to a recent report from the World Economic Forum.

Here’s a look at the top 10 skill sets respondents said will be most in demand by 2020: