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75 Percent of Super High Achievers Come From Troubled Families. Here’s the reason

Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz grew up in a tough housing project. Oprah Winfrey faced horrifying abuse as a girl. Eleanor Roosevelt’s father drank himself to death. These aren’t isolated incidents. According to a fascinating recent Wall Street Journal article by clinical psychologist Meg Jay, childhood trauma and exceptional achievement go together a lot more often than you might suspect. In fact, Jay details one classic study of 400 …