Kids Who Get in Trouble Grow Up to Be EntrepreneursBy
“Give me the boy until the age of seven, and I will give you the man,” the Jesuits say. The biographies of America’s business heroes inevitably yield up examples of how their drive and acumen revealed itself in early life: Bill Gates scheduling classes for his whole prep school on its newfangled computer, Warren Buffett claiming his first tax deduction at 13 (for his bicycle). A recent study suggests, however, that parents looking for signs of incipient entrepreneurialism don’t have to wait for their kid to open a lemonade stand or design their first hit app. They simply need to see how much trouble the kid gets in. Today’s juvenile delinquents, a team of psychologists argues, are tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.
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