Life, it's a mother fucker …
There are a lot of asshole kids out there. Like, a lot of asshole kids. (Don't worry, we can say that, because we have a friend who's a kid.) There's a difference, however, in what makes these little sex-products something that most adults are unwilling to handle. For one, they could just be rebellious, fighting against authority and treating rules as though they're merely suggestions. Others, well they're just entitled little shits, likely the result of parents having no idea what they're doing or coddling them to think that there's nothing this world loves more than to please them and only them, damning all those who can't fit the narrative.
The biggest difference between the two groups, it would seem, is how they eventually end up when they become tax-paying grownups. According to research, rebellious kids end up making more money than everyone else.
The particular study, published in the journal of Developmental Psychology, revisits 745 people 40 years after they had initially been observed in 1968 by a previous team. The earlier study cataloged what types of children these were, how well they scored on tests, what their IQs were, family background, personality traits, etc. etc. Then, in 2008, those data points were aligned with where the subjects are now, what type of jobs they ended up in and, most importantly, how much phat dough they're pulling in at their current jobs.
Researchers found that "rule breaking" — a trait admittedly kind of vague when we're talking about 40 years in difference of opinions — stood out most then in the people with higher incomes now.
"We might assume that students who scored high on this scale might earn a higher income because they are more willing to be more demanding during critical junctures such as when negotiating salaries or raises," the paper's author suggests. "For instance, individuals who scored low on 'Agreeableness' were also shown to earn more money."
But it doesn't always mean these people are coming up in life because of honest and ethical practices.
"For instance, research in the field of organizational psychology showed that employees invest in unethical or deviant workplace behavior when they are not satisfied with their income and when they have a high level of love of money," the study's author adds.
So remember, the next time you're out cashing that measly paycheck of yours that took you over 80 hours in two weeks to get, that little asshole that pushed you down the slide in elementary school is out in the world somewhere making more money than you are.
Life, it's always fair …