The following infographic based on the research by Collins et al. looks at some of the differences and commonalities of those who achieved status as super champions, champions and those who did not quite make it, examining some of the different paths that they took and the traits they may have had.
One of the biggest findings of the study for us was in the parental role, not overly illustrated here. Super Champion parents were involved and encouraging but in no way were they overbearing.
Also, the super champions were likely to have suffered failure along the way and their journey was a much rockier path than you may expect. It is tempting as parents to try and step in and protect our children from negative experiences and failure, but these remain a vital part of the learning process.
To learn more about the study, please click here to take you to our research papers.