We all know somebody who is highly successful… to an annoying extent sometimes. While you’re struggling to get out of bed in the morning, successful people have often already been to the gym, made breakfast and started on their daily to-do list. But what is the main character trait that actually makes a person more likely to succeed in life?
According to a new article published on Business Insider Australia, people who are are born with a natural ability to be conscientious are more likely to succeed in all areas of their life and overall, make more money.
Conscientiousness is the quality of being thorough, careful, and vigilant, and has been linked not only to larger salaries, but increased life span, better grades in school, more leadership opportunities and more satisfying careers. Additionally, people who are conscientious generally suffer fewer strokes, have lower blood pressure, and are less likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease.
“[Conscientiousness is] emerging as one of the primary dimensions of successful functioning across the lifespan,” writes Paul Tough in his best-selling book, How Children Succeed. “It really goes cradle to grave in terms of how people do.”
In fact, psychologists have even suggested that conscientiousness is the single most important factor that will help a person to score a job because conscientious people not only achieve more, but deal with setbacks more effectively. “Highly conscientious employees do a series of things better than the rest of us,” University of Illinois psychologist Brent Roberts told Inc. “Even if there is a failure, they’re going to have a plan to deal with that failure.”
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