What do famous figures like Gabriel García Márquez, Jeff Bezos, and Beyonce have in common?

They say that education is the key to success, and this is the similarity found among celebrities like Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Prize winner in Literature, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, and Beyonce, the singer, songwriter, and actress. All of them were educated using the Montessori methodology.

Similarly, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the founders of Google, Mark Zuckerberg, the entrepreneur behind Facebook, and Hillary Clinton, a politician from the United States.

Also share this educational background. Montessori education aims at the individual development of people, where the teacher becomes a guide who cares about the physical, social, and emotional development of the students, nurturing life skills. 

While the aforementioned celebrities excel in different fields, they all developed a fundamental skill: self-confidence, the ability to believe in and work towards their dreams, and the persistence to overcome obstacles.  

This methodology seeks comprehensive development, and this is acknowledged by its proponents. As Larry Page stated in a 2004 interview with ABC: "We both went to Montessori school, and I think it was part of that training of not following rules and orders, and being self-motivated, questioning what's going on in the world, doing things a little bit differently."

Likewise, Nobel Laureate Gabriel García Márquez highlighted his experience in Montessori schools in his biographical details: "I don't believe there is a better method than Montessori for sensitizing children to the beauties of the world and for awakening their curiosity about the secrets of life."

These are just a few examples that illustrate the influence of Montessori education and how it provides a foundation for life during the early years. Furthermore, it is clear that over time, it continues to fulfill the purpose that Maria Montessori envisioned: being an education for life, helping individuals develop a healthy self-esteem and the ability to adapt to new and different circumstances.