Study: Kids Who Break Rules May Grow Up To Be More Successful As Adults

Here's to the rule-breakers.

A study done in Luxembourg that tracked 730 kids from ages 12 to 52, found that defiant children made more money as adults than their obedient peers.

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The study, published in Developmental Psychology, found that "personality-related characteristics and student behaviour measured early in life are important predictors of life outcomes in midlife."

Among those characteristics was the willingness to disobey authority.

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The Sydney Morning Herald notes that "of the 730 participants whose education levels were measured, those children who defied their parents tended to stay in school longer and were more likely to attend tertiary education."

Moreover, the researchers claim that "rule breaking and defiance of parental authority was the best non-cognitive predictor of higher income after accounting for IQ, parental socio-economic status and educational attainment."

There may be a slightly dark side to it, however...

"We also cannot rule out that individuals who are likely or willing to break rules," the study warns, "get higher pay for unethical reasons."

If your kid has a distaste for authority: fear not. He or she might just have the kind of will that will pave the way for a success that far exceeds that of their peers.