What exactly do we want for our children? I’ve found out that parents, at least most want their children to be healthy, happy, and successful in life. If there is any way a parent can ensure a brighter and better future for their children, they will surely follow the path. One of the core tenets of American society is the belief and drive for the current generation to ensure that they hand over a better country to the future generation. That is why America is great as a country, it is about continuous improvement.

So how can we ensure a better future for our children? Do parents have any contribution to how successful their children will be? 

In my quest to find answers to these essential questions, I came across someone that has confidently and successfully raised successful people. She has been called “The Godmother of Silicon Valley,” she is a teacher, grandmother, and she came up with a simple principle that can help anyone empower and raise successful people. Esther Wojcicki is the mother of Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube, Janet Wojcicki, a University professor, and Anne Wojcicki, the CEO of 23andMe. She recently wrote a book, rightfully titled “How to raise successful people.” In the book, she shared five core values that are essential for raising successful people.

How exactly did she do it? Are there any lessons that we can learn from her principles? I read her new book, and I had the opportunity of interviewing Esther. The following are the five core values that you need to raise successful people:

1. TRUST

2. RESPECT

3. INDEPENDENCE

4. COLLABORATION

5. KINDNESS

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