You have heard this mantra many times from your parents, loved ones or teachers, “The early bird gets the worm.” In school, my guidance counselors always stressed the importance of being on time and my mother just plain old told me to go to bed so I can be timely the next morning. Though most people are encouraged to get a full eight hours of sleep and to turn in early to rise early, studies suggests that those who are late risers are actually smarter, thus leading them to workplace success.
According to MedicalDaily.com, studies suggests that early risers have only time for mediocrity while late risers surpass others with “qualities linked to general intelligence, such as inductive reasoning, conceptual and analytical thinking.”
Though early risers tend to outshine their counterparts in school, it is suggested that late risers surpass their counterparts later in the workforce. Early risers are linked to careers such as civil servants and accountants, whereas late risers “tend to be the more extrovert creative types, the poets, artists and inventors” and “tend to demonstrate traits linked to greater occupational success and higher incomes.”
Making an assessment of my friends, many of them successful in their own right, I think the previously described findings are only halfway true. Though there may be differences in personality and approach, success has to be subjectively assigned by each individual. What is success to me as an early riser may not be what you as a late riser defines as success.