When the universe gives out gifts to newborns, the parents should push for fearlessness. That, more than anything else, seems to propel the shocking success of two very different entities: Uber and Donald Trump.
Uber is a relatively new startup in transportation. Recently it had the New York City administration of Bill de Blasio blink. Around the world, when regulators and the traditional taxi industry attack, it doesn't run. It creates strategy.
Donald Trump is a relatively old man in business. He is blowing up conservative politics as usual. No one, not even war hero John McCain can hide from the rhetorical grenades he tosses into crowds. He could make it to the White House.
So, have all the institutions in the U.S., be they church, school or business, been hammering parents with misleading advice? Your child needs character. Your child needs education. Your child needs the right mentor and the right internship.
Forget all that. Wealth, influence and power come down to not being afraid.