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Foreword: The Importance of Individuality and

Thinking Differently by Mary Ann Dudko, Ph.D. ...........................xi

Preface ................................................................................................xvii

Acknowledgments ..............................................................................xix

Introduction: Who Are the Kids Who Think Outside the Box?....xxi

Part One

NURTURING YOUR UNIQUE CHILD ..........................................1

Do All Kids Have Out-of-the-Box Potential?

You Bet They Do! ...................................................................................3

Part Two

LIVING LEGENDS AND EMINENT ACHIEVERS:

THEIR STORIES.................................................................................11

THE ARTISTS

SPIKE LEE Filmmaker, Actor, Author, Teacher...................................14

A Strong Sense of Self

PAUL McCARTNEY Musician, Composer, Performer,

Writer, Producer .............................................................................20

The Positive Power of Love

PHILIPPE ROUSSELOT Cinematographer, Artist, Filmmaker.......22

Be Proud of Being Different

JOHN NELS HATLEBERG Artist, Designer ..................................27

Security, Patience, Perseverance

BARBARA CHASE-RIBOUD Writer, Sculptor .............................32

Never Be Afraid

CHRISTINE CHOY Artist, Filmmaker, Teacher...............................36

Imagination and Creativity

JOHN WESTERMANN Writer .......................................................41

Never Quit

THE LEADERS

ROBERT D. HORMATS Economist, Financier, Ambassador ...........44

Run Your Own Race

MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG Mayor, Entrepreneur ........................50

Listen, Question, Test, Think

RICHARD “MIKE” MULLANE Astronaut, Writer........................53

It Always Counts

ELON MUSK Entrepreneur ...............................................................57

Innovation, Drive, and Determination

ERIC ANDERSON Entrepreneur......................................................61

Don’t Be Afraid to Take a Chance

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON Astrophysicist.......................................65

Reach for Your Own Star

DOUG MOSS Publisher, Environmentalist ........................................70

Ambition and Perseverance

JACK J. CAMBRIA New York Police Department

Hostage Negotiator.........................................................................75

Never Give Up

MARK NORELL Paleontologist.........................................................78

Work Hard, Play Hard, Think Hard, Finish Stuff

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JOHN A. HAYS Deputy Chairman, Christie’s,

North and South America...............................................................82

You Can Do Anything If You Set Your Mind to It

JOSEPH DENOFRIO Senior Vice President for

Fashion, Macy’s ................................................................................84

Aim High

JOHN R. PASSARINI Educator, Coach............................................88

Limited Only by Our Thoughts

DOUGLAS JACKSON Educator .....................................................93

Make the Connections Between What Could Be and What Is

THE SCIENTISTS

MARIO J. MOLINA Nobel Prize Winning Chemist..........................97

It’s OK to Be Original

ADAM G. RIESS Astrophysicist.......................................................102

Knowledge . . . the Great Equalizer

VINTON G. CERF Internet Cofounder and Developer.................105

Conventional Wisdom Is Not Always Right

DOUGLAS C. ENGELBART Computer Scientist .......................109

Imagine All Kinds of Things

MEHMET OZ Surgeon, Naturalist...................................................114

Persistent Curiosity

STEVEN I. PFEIFFER Psychologist, Educator ...............................117

Let Your Dreams Evolve

THE ATHLETES

ROD GILBERT Ice Hockey All-Star.................................................120

Go the Extra Mile

BRIAN MARTIN Luge Olympic Medallist.......................................126

Unyielding Devotion and Dedication

CONTENTS ix

RACHAEL SCDORIS Iditarod Sled Dog Musher..........................130

Ignore What Others Say, Do What You Love

TORI MURDEN McCLURE Rower, Skier, Mountain Climber .....134

Patience, Endurance, Resourcefulness

FRED ZIMNY U.S. National and Olympic Luge Team Manager......140

Unconditional Support

Part Three

THE SOURCE BOOK: Exceptional Programs,

Adventures, and Voyages for Your Child:

Ages Youth to College.....................................................................145

PROGRAMS: BY SPHERE OF INTEREST

Altruist: Community Servant, Healer, Teacher ..................................149

Artist: Musician, Performer................................................................159

Athlete: Competitor ..........................................................................173

Designer: Architect ............................................................................177

Entrepreneur: Financier, Economist .................................................187

Historian.............................................................................................189

Intellectual .........................................................................................195

Inventor: Innovator, Computer Scientist/Technician.........................205

Leader: Negotiator, Debater, Peacemaker ........................................210

Naturalist: Outdoor Adventurer, Explorer .......................................216

Observer: Writer ...............................................................................227

Scientist ..............................................................................................233

Other Significant Programs/Services..........................................246

Index ....................................................................................................251