The Road Less Travelled: Will the Money Follow?

A study into business school graduates tracked the careers of 1500 people from 1960-1980. The graduates were grouped into two categories: 

Category A: students who wanted to make lots of money first, so they could do what they really wanted to do. 83% (1245) of the students fell into this category. 

Category B: Students who wanted to pursue their passions immediately, sure the money would eventually follow. Only 17% of students (255) were risk takers. 

Can you guess what happened? Of the 1500 graduates, 101 were millionaires in 1980 – 1 from Category A, and 100 from Category B. Source: The Practice of Leadership. 

This excerpt from the e-book I’m currently reading: “Unleash the Beast: Releasing Your Inner Creative Monster” by Steff Metal (downloadable for free here) is timely. Not that I’m expecting to become a millionaire, but it’s comforting to think that maybe the road less travelled doesn’t always have to be paved with home-brand.

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  1. Kerry
    June 10, 2011
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    Funnily enough, I just came across this website today: http://www.creativecareers.com/ My aunt is featured in this book.

    You have way too much passion to not be successful. Success, of course, is defined differently by everyone, but I believe you will do great things.

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