Earning money & career success – it's in our DNA
Bottom Line: Some research simply takes longer than others. But while waiting may be the hardest part, as Tom Petty accurately sang, the best things and information in life is often worth waiting for. There’s no shortage of research conducted on kids that’s later used to compare to outcomes but this one’s a first.
Canadian researchers just completed a 35-year study of kindergarten kids and career outcomes and found conclusive results that were just published in the medical journal JAMA. The study of 2,850 kindergarten kids, who were first tested as 5 and 6-year old's in the early 80’s, found that kids demonstrated the characteristics that’d define career success, or lack thereof in kindergarten. Among them...
- Those who were among the less attentive and engaged in kindergarten are the least successful in their careers
- Boys who were physically aggressive and uncooperative were also among the least successful
- Those who were among the more attentive and engaged in kindergarten had the most successful careers
- Girls who were among the most aggressive also performed above average
Aside from once again pointing out the differences in gender, yes it matters regardless of what PC police say, it’s evident that success might be determined earlier than we ever realized.
The earnings for those with the successful traits in kindergarten has been determined to be tens of thousands of dollars already, and these students, now adults are all still in their 30’s.