Turns out, there are benefits that come from being a cocky teenager. Although your parents might have been counting down the days until you flew the nest, that swagger means you’ll likely end up earning a higher salary than those of your more modest friends. According to the Journal of Economic Psychology, their “Self-Esteem and Earnings” study showed that your level of confidence is at least as important as how smart you are when it comes to how much money you end up making. In fact, self-esteem can affect salary as much as cognitive ability.
So, besides providing a silver lining for parents of arrogant adolescents, what does the study mean? This posting series is here answer that question and help you create A Culture of Confidence to bring out the best in each individual contributor.