Predictors of Success

AuthorHeather Douglas
DateMay 25, 2016

A study of Harvard graduates showed that a person’s approach to setbacks in life is the single greatest predictor of success. This is interesting considering that companies tend to hire based on technical skill and intelligence. However, only 25% of job success is attributed to intelligence and technical skills. Psychologist Shawn Achor states that:

Seventy-five percent of long-term job success is predicted not by intelligence and technical skills, which is normally how we hire, educate, and train, but it’s predicted by three other umbrella categories. It’s optimism (which is the belief that your behaviour matters in the midst of challenge), your social connection (whether or not you have depth and breadth in your social relationships), and the way that you perceive stress.

He further remarks in his Ted Talk that a brain that is in a positive state performs better than at neutral, negative, or stressed. Dopamine floods the brain when it is in a positive state, which has two functions. Dopamine turns on the learning centers of the brain and makes us happier.

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