A study published in the journal of Developmental Psychology found that argumentative and disagreeable children tend to earn a higher income as adults. Billionaire Bill Gates was particularly a poorly-behaved child and now he’s the richest man in the world.
Another study found that agreeable adults tend to make less money than disagreeable adults. That makes sense in the fact that disagreeable people are more likely to take risks and not agree to do something if it doesn’t benefit them somehow.
2. If You Played Nice In Kindergarten You're More Likely To Be Gainfully Employed
There’s a big connection between early learned social skills and future success. A 20-year study following 700 kindergarten-aged children by Penn State and Duke University showed that the children who did not show significant social skills had a higher chance of getting arrested, having a drinking problem, and depending on public housing.
Those who were socially skilled and empathetic towards their peers were more likely to go to college and have a full-time job by 25.
3. Girls Raised By Working Mom's Turn Out To Be Bosses
There are many benefits to children, especially daughters, who were raised by working moms. Harvard Business School found that daughters of working mamas had 23% higher income than girls raised with stay-at-home moms.
Boys who were raised by working moms contributed seven and a half more hours of house work per week as adults.
Being a bit of a rebel can lead to success, but trying to act too mature or “cool” as a teen can lead to some serious problems in adulthood. In a study published in the Journal of Child Development found that teens who engage in “mature” things like sex, smoking, partying and drinking, tend to run into addiction issues as adults.
Sexual, physical and emotional abuse in childhood leads to a host of problems in adulthood. A study by Harvard found that sexually and emotionally abused children tended to have problems with memory and controlling their emotions as adults.
There is also a significant correlation between child sexual abuse and obesity. Girls who were sexually abused were 27% more likely to be obese as adults. Boys were 66% more likely.
A study from the University of Oregon found that children growing up in low-income household had a lower working memory as adults. Their ability to juggle multiple things in their heads was significantly decreased.
7. Self-Control Early On Dictates Adulthood Success
UPenn psychologist Angela Duckworth found that grit, which she defines as a “tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals,” leads to greater academic success. She even wrote a book about it called Grit.
Her entire family goes by this “hard thing rule,” where her daughters both have to pick one hard thing to do, practice at it, and continuously get better. Nobody can leave anything unfinished.
Julie Lythcott-Haims, the former dean of freshmen at Stanford, correlates doing chores as children to becoming more empathetic and independent as adults. She bases this on the Harvard Grant study, the longest study ever conducted.
“By making them do chores – taking out the garbage, doing their own laundry – they realize ‘ I have to do the work of life in order to be part of life,” she said.
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