Most of us give credits to our hard work, family environment, education and other things after you achieve success in your life. There is another thing that is playing a silent yet powerful role in our success at work is our genes. So, try to give credits to your genes too for your success.
Researchers at Duke University have looked at the data of 918 people from New Zealand who have been studied since they born. All of them are in their 40s. Researchers had collected every data of those individuals like the age from which they started to speak, walk, education, jobs, health, financial security intelligence, and personalities.
Previous studies from the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium had examined genetic variants from more than 100,000 people. These variations on genes were aggregated and then turned into a “polygenic score” which is linked to educational attainment. Though it was not much significant, it could account for nearly 2% of the variation in educational attainment. Researchers had found that individuals with polygenic scores above zero were likely to complete more years of schooling and vice versa.
“Getting a good education requires many of the same skills and abilities needed to get ahead in life more generally, so we hypothesized that the same genetics that predicted success in schooling would predict success in life, ” says Daniel W. Belsky a researcher at Duke University School of Medicine“Getting a good education requires many of the same skills and abilities needed to get ahead in life more generally, so we hypothesized that the same genetics that predicted success in schooling would predict success in life, ” says Daniel W. Belsky a researcher at Duke University School of Medicine.
This research is based on the polygenic score attained by those individuals. Then they compared the genotypes of the participants with the genetic variations that were previously linked with educational attainment known. They have found that individuals with higher polygenic scores had also achieved many things like prestigious jobs, higher wages, and more assets. Besides these, they were better at managing to finance and had a wife who had obtained the better level of education and earnings.
Furthermore, these genes were also partially linked to psychological characteristics such as self-control and interpersonal skills. They were also likely to achieve more socioeconomic success. They perform much better in their life than their parents. These relationship between genetic variants and socioeconomic success were independent of the fact that they had come from a rich or poor family.
However, there were some characters which were independent of polygenic scores. The research wasn’t able to predict the health of individual during childhood. Their health reports were taken throughout their childhood through repeated clinical exams.
Though this research was a huge achievement for the researchers so that they can know the roles of genes on the success of a person, it could provide the only glimpse to the future of a person. So, the researchers have emphasized that these associations are very small and couldn’t be taken as sole criteria for achieving success in future. There are other factors that plays important roles in life to achieve success. These genes play only small portion in achieving success.
So, Belsky says “We can make only very weak predictions about how far a child can go in life based on their genes.”
This article was created by taking reference from Psychological Science.