Discipline. Focus. If preparing for the Academic Bowl required The Souls to drink raw eggs, you know they'd be doing it. All four of the kids from The View from Saturday have tremendous willpower: Noah never stops arguing for his side of the story, Nadia asserts herself until even her anxious father listens, Ethan saves money for the day that he tells his family he wants to run away to New York, and Julian—well, Julian is just awesome.
The View from Saturday shows that natural talent is no substitute for perseverance.
All the skills discussed in the book—Julian's magic, Noah's calligraphy, Ethan's secret money stash, and Nadia's dog training—require persistence and patience. Acquiring these skills makes the foursome suited to win the Academic Bowl.