What does it really mean to be a “child-at-heart”?  Furthermore, of the 16 inborn Brain Types, which would we consider to be the most child-at-heart? Arguably, though perhaps not so arguably, the #2 BEAR and #10 BCAR (Back-brain Animates) compete for the prize, with upbringing being a huge determining factor as to how “child-like” that #2 or #10 may remain as an adult.  Still, we dare say it would be a near-impossibility to completely take the child out of the grown-up #2 or #10.  Their innate love for fun and the relatively simple things of life are deeply engrained, as well as their need for affirmation, much like most youngsters.

At any rate, we Brain Typed Naomi Osaka many years ago, and since then her career has been quite the whirl-wind as she has dealt with mental and emotional health, on and off the court.  Recently, and to no surprise, she came out with her won children’s book, titled, “The Way Champs Play.”  In her own words, “I hope this book inspires kids to chase their dreams and encourages them to believe they can do anything they put their minds to.”

Namoi has definitely kept her child-like self, despite her sometimes hard outer disposition.  She loves to laugh and to make people laugh, though she once admitted, “I guess I tell jokes a lot, but I’m not really that sure because sometimes they don’t laugh, and they just stare at- me like I said something insulting.”  And remember, when it comes to #2s and a handful of other Brain Types, success often comes when fun is emphasized.  “I think, for me, I just really want to have fun with every match that I play because tennis is a game.”

Then again, for whatever your Brain Type (particularly with parents and their children), having fun should always be emphasized, coupled with the balance of self-discipline in a difficult world.

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