The article states that Eiduson’s study found that the most productive students had the following qualities in common:
–An urge to expirement athletically, as well as scientifically: The tried a variety of physical activities, and chose those which could be done into old age as focal activities.
–Saw rest and recreation as connected: They saw, and appreciated the ways in which activities and rest added value to their work.
–Less concern over time pressure: Didn’t see “extracurriculars”/”hobbies” as time wasters. Deliberate, restful activities, [Leisure], were recognized to aid the mind’s ability to process.
(From the article) “So extrapolating from Eiduson’s work, if you want to produce people who have technical skills, but never will be able to do anything more imaginative than quality control for LG, then teach them lots of science and math, and nothing else. In contrast, if you want to produce people who’ll create category-defining products, overturn paradigms, and make scientific breakthroughs, by all means offer the physics and chemistry— but also encourage them to play sports, learn to paint, and play music.”