While recently discussing politicians, athletes, criminals and every combination of those three, a friend and I were discussing how fathers are involved so importantly in shaping how these men act as adults. I boiled it down to a simple binary input model to explain the success of the individuals we were discussing.
1. A dad instills a belief in their son that they have the ability to put in the effort and the natural ability to overcome obstacles and achieve what they seek.
2. A dad tears down and constantly rips their child so that the child has a massive chip on their shoulder and works forever on becoming the best.
Simplistic, yes, but we ran through example after example and found the same two input models. Many people we discussed had achieved similar success and int he same field, but they might have a different dad input.