Do Troubled Teenagers Make Good Entrepreneurs?

A recent study conducted by the University of California-Berkeley debunks the myth that entrepreneurship doesn’t pay off while exploring some of the similar personality traits entrepreneurs possess, including a troubled youth.

Researchers found that “entrepreneurs actually do earn about 50% more than their salaried counterparts working in the same industry with the same level of education.”

The study also pointed out some common similarities that most entrepreneurs share – some more surprising than others – including having high IQ’s, coming from stable families with parents who earned higher than average incomes, and a strong sense of self-confidence. These same entrepreneurs also exhibited aggressive behavior and had no problem taking what they wanted, even if it meant breaking the rules to get it. They also shared involvement in minor drug use during their ” troubled teenager ” years.


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