Study Shows Successful, Ambitious People Really Do Have It All

Author: Marissa Brassfield

We might admiringly say that someone doing well has it all, but new research shows that successful, ambitious people live longer and are happier than their less-driven peers. This research began in 1922, when psychologist Lewis Terman of Stanford began studying over 1,500 high-intelligence children in California. Over the next 70 years, the participants were asked about their activity patterns, vocational histories, emotional development, home life and other data.

More recently, Timothy Judge of the University of Notre Dame and John D. Kammeyer-Mueller of the Warrington College of Business sorted through this mountain of data, hoping to draw correlations between ambition and death rates. Surprisingly, they discovered that ambitious people who achieved their life's goals lived longer than ambitious people who hadn't.

"I guess you could say that those people got it all," said Judge. "Of course, we don't know what they did to claw their way to the top, but they took their aspirations and made good."

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