Nobody starts out life a hero. Many of the Grimms' Fairy Tales show us young 'uns who grow up and come into their own over the course of the story itself. By being bright or beautiful, or sometimes just adorably naïve, these kids attract the attention of people who help them out and give them gifts. Slowly but surely, the protagonists attain maturity, and usually a spouse and wealth while they're at it. Because nothing says "Look Ma, I'm all grown up!" like marrying a prince or princess.
Coming of age in fairy tales is less about you than who you know.
The lessons in these tales about maturation, for all their fantastic content, are applicable to the real world…or are they?