Poll: Did you know that ambitious people die younger (unless they succeed)?

Psychologist Lewis Terman began the Genetic Studies of Genius (now called the Terman Study of the Gifted) in 1921; the goal of the study was to follow 1,500 gifted children throughout their lives, recording their personality traits, their overall health, and the events of their lives. A new study of this collected... show more Psychologist Lewis Terman began the Genetic Studies of Genius (now called the Terman Study of the Gifted) in 1921; the goal of the study was to follow 1,500 gifted children throughout their lives, recording their personality traits, their overall health, and the events of their lives. A new study of this collected data, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, indicated that very ambitious people were more likely to die young than their peers (the top 10% most ambitious had a death rate of 45% 60 years into the study, while that number was 33% among the other participants). The kicker, however, was that those participants who had achieved their life goals had a death rate of 32%, compared to 47% among those who hadn't.

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So, I better succeed.

AQ: Are you ambitious?
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