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Why Disobedient Children Make Great Entrepreneurs

By Ilan Mochari,

Entrepreneurs are boundary pushers. Sometimes, in the opinion of government officials, they are lawbreakers. But they are probably doing what they've always done--going back to their childhoods.


"It turns out there are plenty of benefits to a little bit of naughtiness or disobedience," writes Lauren Knight in her "On Parenting" column in The Washington Post this week. "Research shows that disobedient children earn more as adults and are also more likely to be entrepreneurs."


One 2015 study cited by Knight tracked a group of 745 people spanning 40 years--from the age of 12 to the age of 52. The results suggested that if you were a rule breaker and defiant of your parents as a kid, you took those traits into adulthood--and they helped you succeed.


"Some rather intelligent children who defy authority or challenge the status quo tend to think more outside the box, lending them a certain creative...(click here to continue reading)

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