What causes so many children of highly successful parents NOT to reach their own potential
and/or success level?
So many children of highly successful parents oftentimes live in their parents shadows, never being their own unique person. For instance, there are children of celebrities who never establish their own unique brand and identity. They prefer to rest on their parents' laurels i.e. having fame secondhand.
Perhaps it is because their parents expect too much from them and they feel they can't compete; or maybe their parents give them everything so they don't need to do anything else. I personally think they get the idea that because their parents are in the limelight and getting rich, that all they need to do is walk beside them to succeed.
Oftentimes people who succeed have high expectations. These are the same expectations they tend to have of their children. The difference is, they have strong, charismatic personalities which contribute to their success. They may even be very good with other people's children. But when it comes to the home, they are very controlling, and very, very harsh with their own children. Oftentimes, too, they aren't great husbands. But oh, they can present a very good front. That is why the children often don't reach their potential. Parenting is a skill that successful people oftentimes lack. Or, they are simply not present because they are always working. However, if you ask me, although ideally everyone wants to come from a happy family, if you have to come from a dysfunctional family I'd rather come from a rich dysfunctional family than a poor dysfunctional family.
There is no one reason as every situation may be unique. There are those children who are not cut from the same material. There are those with all the potential but crack under pressure. There are those who just don't care to succeed and just want to mulch off of what their parent built.
Success all depends on the individual, regardless of who your parents are. The counter question could be "What causes so many children of unsuccessful parents TO actually reach their full potential"?
No parent wants their child to fail but some children want to fail in order to rebel. Some don't care about success of failure, Some just want to be their own person and often times this leads them in the wrong direction.
Each situation warrants a different perspective.
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