only children are most likely to be self-centered and success-seeking, and can also be unusually mature because they spend so much one-on-one time with their parents. Like first-borns, they often end up in C-level or six-figure positions, but can be less satisfied with their jobs than people who have siblings. Public or private school? It turns out that more expensive isn’t always best. View photos
That’s right, the latest data says that public schools actually outperform their costlier private peer institutions.
University of Illinois professors Christopher and Sarah Lubienski published that surprising finding in their book, “ The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools.”
According to their research, students at private schools generally do well because they come from wealthy backgrounds and families with more advantages. But public schools are actually better when it comes to teaching math and keeping their teachers trained in the latest instructional methods.
Your high school math performance can predict your future salary. View photos
If you ever thought about skipping algebra class, here’s a big reason not to: Higher achievement in math is correlated to higher salaries later in life.
Regardless of high school graduation status, students who complete advanced math courses like algebra II and geometry have been later
found to earn $1.30 to $1.66 more per hour than students that didn’t reach that level. In a 40-hour week, that means you could make an additional $66 if you paid attention in class. Kids who play sports achieve greater academic success. View photos
Regular exercise and participation on a sports team are both linked to greater academic performance. In
one study conducted by the Los Angeles Unified School District, student-athletes were found to attend on average 21 more days of school than their peers and earn GPAs that were 0.55 to 0.74 points higher.
Other research has found that college students who exercise regularly get better grades, and that students who study a lot are more likely to exercise on a regular basis. Military service can also shape your leadership abilities. View photos
People from military backgrounds might make the best leaders, according to a new
working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research. And knowing if someone has military experience can tell you a lot about their management style.
The authors find that
CEOs who’ve served in the military are (1) more conservative financially, (2) less likely to be involved with corporate fraud, and (3) better equipped to steer firms through tough times. Sounds like a pretty good combination. Healthy sleeping habits are linked to better grades. View photos
It turns out that all-nighters probably aren’t worth your time. The cost of sleep deprivation is greater than the knowledge you might gain from studying.
Research shows that the
less high school students sleep, the worse they tend to perform in class and on assessments. According to one study, students who receive C’s, D’s, and F’s in school get on average 25 fewer minutes of sleep than A- and B-students. It also helps to be a morning person. View photos
It seems the early bird does, in fact, get the worm. Research shows that people who perform best in the morning do better in their overall careers than those who hit their stride in the evening.
One explanation for this is that evening people are
out of sync with the normal corporate work schedule. Morning people are affiliated with better grades, which lead them to better colleges and presents them with better job opportunities. Early risers are also thought to be more proactive, which is another indicator of career success. Taller people make more money and are seen as more competent. View photos
The small and average-sized among us are short on luck. According to
one book on height and success, bosses are more likely to hire a taller person (even when given two identical resumes) and have a positive first impression of them.
Tall people are in control of their physical space, which increases the sense that they are self-assured and commanding. They tend to make more money, work in high-paying careers, and shine in jobs that emphasize social interactions.
Attractive people also enjoy greater career success.
There’s no other way to say it: Attractive people are
simply more successful. Good-looking people usually get hired and promoted quicker and enjoy higher salaries than their less attractive coworkers.
According to one recent study, hotter CEOs also
help the bottom line. Research shows that hiring an attractive CEO can boost stock prices on that person’s first day and any time he or she appears on television. These CEOs also fare better in M&A transactions. A good sense of humor helps people build connections.
A well-timed joke can be the quickest route to building a new relationship and can also increase productivity.
Laughing and smiling produces dopamine, a neurotransmitter that stimulates our brain’s learning functions to up efficiency, creativity, and engagement.
one study, happy employees were found to be 31% more productive and generate 37% higher sales than their peers. For leaders, humor can help to win over employees and come off as empathetic and approachable. And using a nickname could significantly boost your salary.
Believe it or not, people who go by
shorter names tend to earn more money. According to one analysis of nearly 6 million names by career site TheLadders, every extra letter in your first name can correspond to a $3,600 drop in annual wages. If you’re debating between “Sam” and “Samantha,” that’s a big difference.
LinkedIn has conducted similar research showing that the most popular CEO names worldwide — Peter, Jack, and Fred — are either short names or shortened versions of names. So long as your nickname sounds professional, it can help convey friendliness and openness while also earning you more money.
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