Psst, it’s not your IQ.
High school is going to haunt you.
Your behavior in high school predicts both your future income and your career success, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
Specifically, students who showed a greater interest in school and were more responsible students ended up in more prestigious careers and thus making more money, both 11 and 50 years after graduation. This was true regardless of their IQ, parents’ income or personality traits. (Having fewer problems in reading and writing also predicted future income and career success.)
“Our research found that specific behaviors in high school have long-lasting effects for one’s later life,” concludes lead author Dr. Marion Spengler of the University of Tübingen. The study further added that “things that happen in specific periods of one’s life may play out in ways far more significant than we expect.”