Rahul Singh, founder and CEO of The Beer Cafe, recalls how a busy childhood home led to a passion for serving. “I grew up in a home which was constantly teeming with guests, visiting relatives, neighbors and friends. In a bid to help around, I gradually...

The international bestselling book, You Can Heal Your Life, by Louise Hay, founder of Hay House publishers, includes a section called "Seeing yourself as a child". Here's a passage from the book: "If we were to take a three-year-old child and put him in the middle of the room,...

In an interview with Flow Magazine, Jamie Oliver shares how he learned his great work ethic, as well as how to treat others. “I grew up a real country boy in Clavering, in the county of Essex, about 18 miles from Cambridge. By age five, I...

Kanya King CBE is the founder of the MOBO awards. King had a far from easy childhood, as re-told by various news outlets. She was the youngest of nine children, born to an Irish mother and a Ghanaian father who died when she was 13. She described...

Jasmine Crowe, the founder of Goodr—an app that fights hunger through addressing food waste management, shares the inspiration behind her entrepreneurial journey. “My dad inspired me to be the giver that I am. I was always invested in spending time with him, doing things, and getting...

Stanley Kubrick was a film director, screenwriter, producer and photographer. He's cited as one of the most influential filmmakers in cinematic history and his films include The Shining, A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey. “As a child, I was a school misfit, and considered...

Dr. Edward Zuckerberg, father of Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and co-founder of Facebook, talks about how having computers around the house sparked his son’s interest in technology. “My kids all grew up around the office and were all exposed to computers. There are advantages to being exposed...

A LinkedIn post shared by The Female Lead told the story of athlete Abel Mutai, who was in the lead whilst representing Kenya in a running race. Mutai stopped just a few feet from the finish line. He was confused by the signage, and mistakenly thought he...

Shelley Röstlund, digital marketing consultant at Harbour 32, is introducing the concepts of public speaking, and sharing great ideas, to her 10-year old daughter. "We have tasked her with watching TED talks of kids of various ages standing on stage sharing their ideas. She's going to write...

Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett-Packard, talks about the assurance her mother gave Carly of her talent and potential, as well as the focus on character as an important long-term trait. “My mother and father were incredible people who invested so much in each of their children....

In a fascinating keynote for the WrapWomen's Power Woman summit, actress Eva Longoria told her childhood story to 2000 people. Here are some of our favourite parts. “My mom made me take the gifted and talented test in hopes that I would get into a superior...

In a thought-provoking article by author and entrepreneur Derek Sivers, he outlines the three things to consider when making life-size decisions. What makes you happy What’s smart — meaning long-term good for you What’s useful to others In terms of career, smart and useful, but not...

Esther Wojcicki is a journalist, educator, and vice chair of the Creative Commons advisory council. She is the mother of Janet Wojcicki, a professor at UCSF, Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, and Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and CEO of 23andMe. Esther is also the author of How...

Tony Robbins is an author, entrepreneur and motivational speaker. He grew up in North Hollywood, the eldest of three siblings. He described his home life as "chaotic" and "abusive". “I had to protect my brother and sister, so I became a practical psychologist just out of...

Clara Wilcox, founder of The Balance Collective, describes how she has taught her teenage daughter the main skills needed to be entrepreneurial. Together they have also discussed how to keep clients. “I worked as a teenager, and encourage my teenager to do the same. She has...

Angela Duckworth, the author of one of our favourite books, GRIT, discusses raising gritty kids. "In our family, we live by the Hard Thing Rule. It has three parts. The first is that everyone—including mom and dad—has to do a hard thing. A hard thing is...

I attribute every success I've ever had to the fact that when I was a small child, whenever our family went on holiday, my mum made me pack my own suitcase. To me, it was normal. Who else would do it?! I realise it might not sound...

Tim Spiegelglass, owner of Spiegelglass Construction Company, describes how he had to pitch for what he wanted during childhood. “For as long as I can remember, my father asked me to negotiate or make a pitch for what I wanted, and now I’m having my daughters...

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, shares his mother’s unconventional parenting lessons. “As an introverted kid, my mother worried my shyness would become debilitating as I got older. So, to nip it in the bud, she continuously challenged me. She tried to drum it...