Charles “Charlie” Parker Jr. Was born on August 29, 1920 to Charles Parker Sr. and Adelaide “Addie” Bailey. His father soon left, leaving Addie to raise Charlie alone. In 1935, Charlie dropped out of school to focus on the saxophone full-time. His mother worked all day as a domestic helper, leaving Charlie a tremendous amount of free time to practice and explore the saxophone while he was at home alone. Between 1935 and 1939, he practiced his saxophone for between 12,045 and 21,900 hours to become one of the greatest, if not the greatest, saxophonist who ever lived.
Now, imagine this: a world where world leaders are MORE FOCUSED on the following than they are on accumulating mansions, and sending their children to elite private boarding schools:
- CAREFULLY evaluating EVERY child born to determine where their natural God-given gifts and talents lie.
- Creating a fair system where EVERY child can spend AT LEAST 10,000 STRESS-FREE hours during their formative years FOCUSED on developing and polishing their natural God-given gifts and talents. (I’m not talking about general schooling: I’m talking about an extra 10,000 hours on top of that general schooling focused on SPECIFICALLY polishing what the child is NATURALLY gifted at).
- Developing a system where companies are incentivized to carefully evaluate each adult after they have gone through the 10,000 hours plus of focused development and training as a child, and to then put them into high paying positions (a self-actualized human being is inherently worth high pay) that BOTH most benefits society AND best ensures the physical, mental and spiritual health of that adult worker.
Imagine how many human lives are wasted doing things far below their potential because their God-given gifts were never fully nurtured, never fully appreciated, and never fully actualized. Imagine how much better human society would be if every human being on the planet was granted as a HUMAN RIGHT 10,000 plus stress-free hours FOCUSED on what would BEST polish their NATURAL gifts and talents (please see Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell).
In the modern world that we live in, the children of the very wealthy CAN spend 11 to 15 hours per day for a period of 3-4 years developing their God-given talents, as Charlie Parker did. For a vast majority of the Earth’s 2.2 billion children, this is simply not an option. Why is that?