A several decades-long study held in Luxembourg, Germany that concluded in 2008 had some interesting findings. The study examined nearly one thousand sixth graders to see if their personality quirks could predict their future careers.
Published in Developmental Psychology, the study looked into several factors include academic achievements, daily habits, and family background to come to their conclusion. These researchers weren't messing around!
A research team followed up with the original students forty years later. The new team compared their occupational success to the previously mentioned data and they discovered that the more rebellious kids had more career success as adults.
"We might assume that students who scored high on this scale might earn a higher income because they are more willing to be more demanding during critical junctures such as when negotiating salaries or raises."
Some people believe that the correlation could just be a matter of changing trends. What was considered a "rebellious act" in the past could just be a really solid character trait to have in the present.