5 characteristics that are scientifically proven to predict future success

Adam Fayed
2 min readSep 2, 2019

None of us has a crystal ball. The scientific community, however, has found that certain attributes are more likely to predict success, financially and in other disciplines.

  1. Conscientiousness and disagreeableness

Warren Buffett once said that the ability to say no, is one of the things that separates the successful from the unsuccessful.

It appears there is a big correlation between earnings, and the ability to say no, in particular;

2. Delaying gratification

The Marshmallow Test is one of the most famous academic experiments ever conducted.

In the Stanford study, academics gave children a marshmallow. They also told them that they would get a second one after they returned in the room.

Those kids that could wait to get two marshmallows, instead of one, had greater life success across numerous domains.

The test has its critics, but patience and success are linked to a certain extent.

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