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As a parent or even a responsible adult, it’s only normal to want the children in your life to succeed. Watching them become value-adding individuals in society is a thrilling experience, and with the right guidance, you can help to make this desire a reality. We stumbled across a conversation on Quora centered on the activities successful individuals like Richard Branson and Elon Musk engaged in during their childhood that helped them excel later on in life. Adapted from the interesting answers given, these are some key points worth implementing in your home: 1. Encourage wide reading: It’s no surprise that most successful people invested their childhood in reading encyclopedias, dictionaries, newspapers and other informative materials. The fruit of their labour turned out to be an expansive knowledge base and vocabulary.  Fiction and nonfiction books also came in handy, developing that one skill called creativity that sets apart many individuals. Get your kids to spend time reading, and to take things a step further, initiate conversations on the subject matter for analysis purposes. 2. Help them set aside “me-time”: Contrary to popular belief, spending significant time alone can be a good thing. Many great leaders make out time to think deeply and reflect on issues of interest to them. Depending on how young your kids are, helping them engage in this is a good way to set them on the right path. In addition, daydreaming should be encouraged along with imaginative role-playing to help them expand their imagination. 3. Make them do household chores: Apart from the benefit of a cleaner, more organised home, doing household chores instills discipline and a sense of accomplishment when tasks are complete. Now, with this in mind, imagine going through life as a highly disciplined individual with self-confidence in your ability to get things done. These are ingredients for success that you can help to impart in your younger ones.   What are some other things you think kids should do to turn out successful? Do share in the comments section below.      

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This article was first published on 26th August 2015


Ify Halim is a Writer and media enthusiast based in Lagos. She enjoys writing self-help/inspirational articles with published work in UYD Magazine, Edufrica, Our Stories Inc. and The Keele Concourse. She currently works at, Nigeria’s Information Portal. Follow her on Twitter @MissHalim or visit her online space at

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