不到10岁的秀兰•邓波儿在长达四年的时间里一直是最有票房号召力的明星。20世纪30年代晚期，她在20世纪福克斯公司（20th Century Fox）每部电影中的片酬达到史无前例的5万美元。她定义了“童星”一词，而这也是她自传的书名。
“年少的冲锋者们愿意在年纪轻轻时就牺牲了自由和选择，”位于纽黑文市的咨询顾问、《像个老板样》（It's Okay to Be the Boss）的作者布鲁斯•塔尔干说。“他们在年幼时就把大把的时间和精力投入到专心致志的追求中。”
Childhood: Shirley Temple
Before the age of 10, Shirley Temple enjoyed four years as the top box-office draw in America, earning an unprecedented $50,000 per film from 20th Century Fox in the late 1930s. She gave definition to the term child star, which was the title of her autobiography.
But early success often comes with the cost of devoting your childhood to hard work rather than play. Temple acted in four films a year at an age when ordinary children swing in the playground and master cursive writing.
"The early young chargers are willing to sacrifice freedom and choice at a young age," says Bruce Tulgan, New Haven-based consultant and author of It's Okay to Be the Boss. "They put in a huge amount of time and energy in a focused pursuit at a very young age."
Although Temple retired from movie-making at age 22, that early sacrifice gave her the platform and name recognition to become active in politics, serve on corporate boards, and fill the role of U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.