Skip to comments.Your Criminal Kid Is Probably Going to be the Next Mark Zuckerberg, Study Says
Posted on 02/27/2013 2:15:59 PM PST by nickcarraway
For those tired parents who are stashing money specifically because they know they'll be bailing their punk-ass kid out of juvenile jail again, just know, there's going to be a return on your hard-earned cash. A new study conducted by UC Berkeley scholars shows that badly behaved children tend to grow up to be really incredibly rich and successful entrepreneurs. We're talking the Bill Gateses, who had to go to therapy as a child for his behavioral problems, and the Mark Zuckerbergs, who was disciplined in college after creating Facemash, of the world.
Of course, not every kid booked into juvenile hall shares that destiny, so don't get excited just yet, parents; the study noted that these criminal kids generally have a bit of luck to boot, including a high IQ, wealthy parents, and exceptionally high self-esteem.
Here's how Professor Ross Levine of the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group, explains the results:
"Our data revealed that many successful entrepreneurs exhibited aggressive behavior and got in trouble as teenagers. This is the person who wasn't afraid to break the rules, take things by force, or even be involved in minor drugs."
The researchers combed data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, a representative sample of 12,686 males and females between the ages of 14 and 22 when they were first surveyed in 1979; interviews with participants have continued to present day.
In terms of earnings, the study found that successful entrepreneurs displaying these traits typically started their careers as high-earning salaried workers, and when they branched out on their own and successfully established their companies, they often enjoyed a 70 percent boost in earnings.
So be proud of your troubled brat, and just hope they grow up to be one of the rich ones.
This article screams racism. lol
ohh if poor Trayvon Martin were still alive. Think what’d he’d might grow up to be.
YEAH, but they weren't murdering, drug pushing thugs...you idiots! Big difference between a fist fight, and someone breaking some minor rule, and THUGS!!!
Gates went into therapy to help him behaviorally manaage himself and loosen up his rigidity.
Not because he was a bad boy oppositional defiant problem
Actually... my very head strong (ie: bratty) 2 year old was in a doctor’s office waiting room and acting herself (bratty) while I tried unsuccessfully to get her to calm down.
An old woman said “Don’t worry, she’ll be running a multi-million dollar corporation one day.”
This was in 1995, so before the study. I hope this lady is right. Ironically, my quiet middle child ended up being the one to worry about during teen years and my oldest (bratty one, although still a bratty streak) is the one who is doing well. (SO FAR! FINGERS CROSSED)
My brother taught a business class at a ‘continuation’ high school one time, in the 90s. He said the students were very motivated because they sincerely wanted to learn how to make money. They were very practical as well. He thought they had good potential for success in the business world, if they continued to work toward it.
If they are high-IQ kids who are bored out of their skulls at school, so they act up. And if the parents don’t let them get put on ritalin.
Really? Do we have to gutter language in journalism? Sick of it.
Do we have to gutter = Do we have to have gutter
Yes, lots of people who think outside the box tend to break rules but it's the ones who DON'T get caught that end up being successful.