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First Born And Female? Study Finds That Eldest Daughters Are More Likely To Succeed

First Born And Female? Study Finds That Eldest Daughters Are More Likely To Succeed

Based on recent statistics, it has been proven that the eldest daughter is likely to be the highest qualified of their family due to ambition.

According to a study done by the University of Essex, a firstborn son is 13 per cent less ambitious when compared to a firstborn daughter. If you look at how many accomplished sons have played important roles in our culture, you can imagine the power the eldest daughter has. People like Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey are firstborn, as well as many other powerful and influential women.

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Science is now realizing that it’s no coincidence that many of the world’s most accomplished females were born first. Both Beyoncé and J.K. Rowling were born with high ambitions and a strong drive to achieve their lofty goals. Scientific American states that eldest daughters are more likely to succeed by a large percentage when compared to their siblings.

They Naturally Achieve More

While eldest children in general are 16 per cent more likely to go to post-secondary school, it is the girls that are likely to have better qualifications by a 4 per cent margin. When we look at Nobel prizewinners and US presidents, over half of them were firstborns. While it was mostly men that took those honors, the eldest daughter still comes out as more ambitious and accomplished on average. They excel in school due to intelligence, but also have a drive to get to where they want to be.

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They Are Top Scientists

Look at the female scientists that are eldest sisters: Jane Goodall, Dr. Susan Greenfield, and Jocelyn Bell. Not only did they display intelligence, being at the top of their respective fields, but they were also ambitious enough to go beyond what a scientist would normally do. Take Jane Goodall for instance, risking her life to protect the gorillas. That’s an achievement in itself.

They Have Parental Investment

One of the reasons attributed to the eldest daughter being the most accomplished is the time and energy they received as the firstborn. Regardless of the professional statuses of the parents, firstborn children were 7 per cent more likely to continue on with their education than their younger brothers or sisters. The report Sibling Configurations, Educational Aspiration and Attainment followed over a thousand sibling groups. Gender mixes among siblings were studied with no evidence that the second sibling’s sex made a difference when it came to levels of aspiration.

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They Are The World’s Most Powerful Women, According to Forbes

Angela Merkel, Christine Lagarde, Sheryl Sandberg, along with Oprah Winfrey and Beyoncé, are all on the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women. Each of them are the eldest daughters in their families. To gain this kind of notoriety takes more than just education, there is a certain drive and ambition that these women have.

They Are Statistically More Likely To Achieve Success

A study by Feifei Bu at the Institute for Social and Economic Research from the University of Essex proves that the eldest daughter is statistically more ambitious and well-qualified than her siblings. These days, parents are more equal in the way they treat their children, so success is achieved regardless of other advantages.

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Studies showed that if there was an age gap of more than four years between siblings, there would be an improvement in the younger sibling’s level of educational qualifications. The wider the gap, the better the chances. There are many explanations as to why the eldest daughter reaches a higher level of achievement than that of her siblings. It hasn’t been scientifically proven why exactly the eldest daughter is usually more accomplished than her siblings, but the statistics speak for themselves.

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Last Updated on July 27, 2020

7 Ways to Make Life Changing Decisions

7 Ways to Make Life Changing Decisions

Most people don’t know the profound effects of making life decisions. Often times, we go through life oblivious to what thoughts we are thinking and what actions we are taking. Every single decision we make in our days shapes our current reality. It shapes who we are as a person because we habitually follow through with the decisions we make without even realizing it.

If you’re unhappy with the results in your life right now, making the effort to changing your decisions starting today will be the key to creating the person you want to be and the life you want to have in the future.

Let’s talk about the 7 ways you can go about making life changing decisions.

1. Realize the Power of Decision Making

Before you start making a decision, you have to understand what a decision does.

Any decision that you make causes a chain of events to happen. When you decide to pick up a cigarette to smoke it, that decision might result in you picking up another one later on to get that same high feeling. After a day, you may have gone through a pack without knowing it. But if you decide not to smoke that first cigarette and make a decision every five minutes to focus your attention somewhere else when you get that craving, after doing this for a week, your cravings will eventually subside and you will become smoke-free.

But it comes down to making that very first decision of deciding whether or not to pick up that cigarette.

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2. Go with Your Gut

Often times, we take too much time to make a decision because we’re afraid of what’s going to happen. As a result of this, we go through things like careful planning, deep analysis, and pros and cons before deciding. This is a very time consuming process.

Instead, learn to trust your gut instinct. For the most part, your first instinct is usually the one that is correct or the one that you truly wanted to go with.

Even if you end up making a mistake, going with your gut still makes you a more confident decision maker compared to someone who takes all day to decide.

3. Carry Your Decision Out

When you make a decision, act on it. Commit to making a real decision.

What’s a real decision? It’s when you decide on something, and that decision is carried out through action. It’s pointless to make a decision and have it played out in your head, but not doing anything about it. That’s the same as not making a decision at all.

If you want to make real changes in life, you have to make it a habit to apply action with your decision until it’s completed. By going through this so many times, you will feel more confident with accomplishing the next decision that you have in mind.

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4. Tell Others About Your Decisions

There’s something about telling other people what we’re going to do that makes us follow through.

For example, for the longest time, I’ve been trying to become an early riser. Whenever I tried to use my own willpower, waking up early without falling back asleep felt impossible. So what I did was I went to a forum and made the decision to tell people that I would wake up at 6 AM and stay up. Within two days, I was able to accomplish doing this because I felt a moral obligation to follow through with my words even though I failed the first time.

Did people care? Probably not, but just the fact that there might be someone else out there seeing if you’re telling the truth will give you enough motivation to following through with your decision.

5. Learn from Your Past Decisions

Even after I failed to follow through my decision the first time when I told people I was going to wake up early and stay up, I didn’t give up. I basically asked myself, “What can I do this time to make it work tomorrow?”

The truth is, you are going to mess up at times when it comes to making decisions. Instead of beating yourself up over it, learn something from it.

Ask yourself, what was good about the decision I made? What was bad about it? What can I learn from it so I can make a better decision next time?

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Remember, don’t put so much emphasis focusing on short term effects; instead focus on the long term effects.

6. Maintain a Flexible Approach

I know this might sound counter-intuitive, but making a decision doesn’t mean that you can’t be open to other options.

For example, let’s say you made the decision to lose ten pounds by next month through cardio. If something comes up, you don’t have to just do cardio. You can be open to losing weight through different methods of dieting as long as it helps you reach your goal in the end.

Don’t be stubborn to seek out only one way of making a decision. Embrace any new knowledge that brings you closer to accomplishing your initial decision.

7. Have Fun Making Decisions

Finally, enjoy the process. I know decision-making might not be the most fun thing world to do, but when you do it often, it becomes a game of opportunity.

You’ll learn a lot about yourself on the way, you’ll feel and become a lot more confident when you’re with yourself and around others, and making decisions will just become a lot easier after you do it so often that you won’t even think about it.

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Anything you decide to do from this point on can have a profound effect later on. Opportunities are always waiting for you. Examine the decisions that you currently have in the day.

Are there any that can be changed to improve your life in some way? Are there any decisions that you can make today that can create a better tomorrow?

Final Thoughts

Some decisions in life are harder to make, but with these 7 pieces of advice, you can trust yourself more even when you’re making some of the most important decisions.

Making a decision is the only way to move forward. So remember, any decision is better than none at all.

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