In this Expert Insight Interview, Dr. L. Carol Scott discusses the surprising fact that many of the tools we need could have been picked up by the age of seven but often were not. Dr. L. Carol Scott has created the unique Self-Aware Success Strategies model.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- The skills people develop at a very young age
- How our brains are shaped before the age of five
- The patterns of behavior that stem from different upbringings
People Skills and Early Development
Many of us think that the tools and skills we need to be successful, particularly in business, are ones that we develop much later in life by learning them from various mentors or researching them ourselves. We used to think that children didn’t need to start education until they were 14, and in time that number dropped down to around seven in most countries around the world.
However, the surprising truth is that many skills are available for us to learn before we reach the age of seven, or even five.
Shaping Our Brains
We need to understand that we build our brains from the moment we’re born to around five. So, before a kid walks through the door of kindergarten for the first time, they have taken a bundle of a hundred billion loose neurons and connected them up in meaningful patterns of understanding and interpretation of the world.
Perhaps most surprisingly, almost all of that brain development happens before the age of three, and 95% is done by age five. Therefore, interpersonally, all of the brain’s wiring around getting along with other people, which is the core of success no matter what you do, happens before you’re five years old.
Patterns of Behavior
Different people have different parenting styles, and people are raised in different environments and under various sets of rules. Interestingly, someone trained in developmental psychology, such as Dr. L. Carol Scott, can see clear patterns showing how one person was nurtured at an early age compared to another.
Developmental psychologists look at the whole lifespan of development, but the focus of Dr. Carol’s expertise has been on kids aged 0 – 5.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.
All of the brain wiring involved with getting along with other people happens before the age of five. In this Expert Insight Interview, we welcome Dr. L. Carol Scott, developmental psychologist, and creator of the unique Self-Aware Success Strategies model.