Researchers found that ambitious people who achieve their goals live longer than those with average drive and determination. Making matters worse, they’re even a little happier than everyone else, according to a study to be published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.
“I guess you could say that those people got it all,” says the study’s lead author Timothy Judge, the Franklin Schurz Chair of Management at the University of Notre Dame. “Of course we don’t know what they did to claw their way to the top, but they took their aspirations and made good.”
Like most everything else, ambition does come with a dark side: climbers who don’t manage to scratch their way to the top are most likely to die younger, the researchers found.
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