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How kids of construction workers succeed

Posted By Tom Jackson On June 6, 2012 @ 8:35 am In Construction Blog | No Comments

[1]If you’re interested in what makes people succeed, Psychology Today reports on a study [2] that revealed the kids of some blue collar tradespeople often find success where their more educated peers do not. The gist of it:

By the time they reached their middle years, some sons and daughters of roofers and plumbers… still ended up making 30-60 percent more money each year than many of their more privileged peers. What this select breed of underdogs had in common was nothing but a unique set of personal beliefs (stemming from emotional stability, internal locus of control, self-efficacy, and self-esteem [3]) about their ability to shape the future. Those beliefs translate into the ability to choose one course of action (entrepreneurship, less prestigious career [4] path, etc.) while quitting others.

In other words, they figure out what they’re going to do in life and they do it. No dilly-dallying around. No taking a year off to find themselves. Good advice, despite the article’s nutty headline. Read the whole thing.


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[2] Psychology Today reports on a study: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/strategic-thinking/201206/why-quitters-win

[3] self-esteem: http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/self-esteem

[4] career: http://www.psychologytoday.com/basics/career

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