I found this scrap of newspaper (yes, some of us still do read the newspaper) on the desk, and I remember discussing it with my middle school PE classes back in September --
"...the importance of social and emotional skills in the workplace...a polling of 5,000 millionaires reveals that crucial to their success was integrity, discipline, social skills, and hard work."
Looks like it's from a book "The Millionaire Mind" by Thomas Stanley, guess I'll check it out.
I would rather my students (and children) learned and practiced those four traits over anything and everything else. Of course, once you get going with those four, even algebra is a piece of cake, right? Anything is possible!