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10 Surprising Ways Your Name Can Determine Your Success

10 Surprising Ways Your Name Can Determine Your Success

Names are not merely a sum of letters and the subsequent sounds used to identify us. In fact, there’s a great deal of influential power that comes attached to a name. Not only do they sculpt your personality, but they also sculpt others people’s perceptions and ultimately, your future!

Before you dismiss this as nothing more than mythical nonsense, you should know that scientific research supports this curious notion. Names have actually been seen to have a significant influence on how successful our lives become.

Without further adieu, here are 10 unbelievable findings from various worldwide studies.

1. Common names are more likely to get hired than unique ones.

A study conducted by Marquette University found that if your name is common, it could increase your chances of being hired, whereas those with unique names are often less likely to be chosen by interviewers.

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2. Easy-to-pronounce names gravitate towards higher-status positions.

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    Steve Jobs – Image Coursey: Digital Trends

    A study conducted by New York University discovered that easy-to-pronounce names are more likely to get a favor from others. Often, this eventually leads to them gaining higher statuses in society.

    According to psychologist Adam Alter (also a great example of an easy-to-pronounce name), if information can be more easily assimilated by the brain, we are more likely to like something or someone.

    3. Last names nearer the start of the alphabet may be more likely to get into good schools.

    Research conducted in the Czech Republic uncovered a controversial pattern. Students whose last name were closer to the top of the alphabet had more chances of getting admission in a school, whereas last names that were lower in the alphabet did not fare as well!

    4. Having middle initials makes you appear smarter and more capable.

    If your name contains a middle initial such as “Sophie N. Turner,” you will often be considered more intelligent and capable. This fact was established by research published in European Journal of Social Psychology. When students were told to grade papers written by author names, those with middle initials scored higher than those without. In actual fact, the one with the most initials secured the highest marks!

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    5. First names nearer the end of the alphabet are more likely to be impulsive shoppers.

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      Almost unbelievably, one particular study found that people with names like “Zelda” or “Yasmin” are more likely to be addicted to shopping! They were seen to be more easily persuaded by promotional offers and marketing strategies leading to increased shopping habits.

      It’s believed that having spent most of your school years at the end of the calling register, they are more keen to quickly jump good offers as soon as they get the chance. However, these overzealous spending tendencies could certainly be detrimental to success.

      6. Last names with royal or noble associations can help you reach higher-status positions.

      European study stumbled upon the fact noble names naturally found their way to higher managerial positions. This research, based in Germany, found last names such as “Kaiser” (emperor) and “Konig” (king) were more likely to occupy the higher ranks than any others.

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      This phenomenon could be related to associative reasoning; our minds link previous knowledge and emotions to similar words.

      7. Females with gender-neutral names may go further with certain careers.

      It’s a fact of life that many career fields are highly gender dominated. Engineering and Law are some of the biggest examples of male-dominated fields. Yet as a female with these fields, one study found that having a gender-neutral name may give you an edge.

      Specifically, it was seen that females with more masculine names such as “Leigh” and “Harper” were often able to go further in their law careers.

      8. We feel enticed to work with companies who share our initials with their name.

      A study from Ghent University found we are more likely to work in companies with names that share our own initials. For example, Lily Harper could be very inclined to work for Lifehack! This behavior can be related to the fact that we are attracted to familiarity, especially if it’s similar to our name.

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      9. Men who use shorter first names are more common in CEO positions.

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        Bill Gates – Photo Courtesy: AIB

        During a study conducted by the social media platform LinkedIn, more than 100 million profiles of their users were analyzed. It was found a majority men in CEO positions went by their shorter names such as “Bob” or “Tim.” It’s believed that going by their nicknames allows them to project an approachable friendliness.

        10. Females with full names are more likely to be found at the top.

        During the very same study, LinkedIn also discovered that the opposite was true for female CEOs. Using their full names, such as Carolyn or Deborah, helps them to exude a more professional image and to reach higher positions.

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        Last Updated on February 19, 2019

        How to Break Bad Habits: I Broke 3 Bad Habits in Less Than 2 Months

        How to Break Bad Habits: I Broke 3 Bad Habits in Less Than 2 Months

        The cycle of bad habits is what keeps us living small and stops us from reaching our true potential. Breaking a bad habit isn’t as hard as it seems; despite being a CEO of a company and raising two children, I still managed to break 3 bad habits I had within 2 months. Yes, that’s quitting one habit in less than 21 days.

        I took steps to eliminate them one at a time. Habits such as drinking Coke every day, slouching when sitting and not having a consistent exercise routine.

        So how did I break these habits? I used the Control Alternate Delete Method (Ctrl Alt Del).

        What is this method and why is it so effective? Read on to find out how to break bad habits with this unique method.

        How to break bad habits with the Control Alternate Delete Method

          We all notice on some level what our bad habits are. A lot of the time we choose to ignore the negative ways these impact us.

          For me, I was sitting most of the day in front of my computer at work in a slouching position. I drank Coke every single day in an attempt to stay awake. I put off any kind of exercise regime because I felt that it was better to just relax and have fun after a whole day of work. As a result, I was leading a really unhealthy lifestyle suffering from weight gain and back pain.

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          I needed to make a change.

          I started to read books about building habits such as The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan, and The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. After reading all these books, I’ve come up with my own method to quit bad habits — The Ctrl Alt Del Method.

          I started by focusing on just one bad habit, the first one being the sheer amount of Coke I was consuming each day.

          Every day I applied the Ctrl Alt Del Method and after two weeks, not only did I stop drinking Coke every day (I only drank one can in 2 weeks), but I started the better habit of drinking 8 glasses of water every day instead.

          After eliminating one bad habit, I moved on to the other two with this same method and a month later I was:

          • Hitting the gym twice a week.
          • Improving my sitting posture, not only at the office but also at home and everywhere else, improving my back pain.
          • Gaining core muscle which improved my back pain as well.
          • Losing fat around my waist which went from 36″ (considered obese level) to 32″ (normal level).

          If I can improve my life using this method, then so can you. Using this structure to eliminate your bad habits will increase your success and replace your bad habits with more positive ones.

          Control: Master your desire

            Identify your triggers

            Bad habits such as drinking alcohol, smoking and snacking too much trigger the release of dopamine, a feel-good chemical in the brain.[1] Although you might not like the end result, they give you a positive outcome in the moment. This is pure psychology.

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            It’s important to identify what is triggering you to continually act out your bad habit. This isn’t always an easy step because our habits have been built up over a long period of time.

            If you need help in identifying your triggers, here’s a list of common bad habits and their triggers: 13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

            Self-reflect

            To help you work out your triggers, do a bit of self-reflection. Ask yourself questions such as:

            • What comfort are you getting from this habit?
            • Why do you need comfort?

            For example, I chose to drink coke because it tasted good and it made me feel good when I was stressed. I slouched only when I sat for too long working on my desk and started to feel tired. I skipped exercises because every day after work I felt I already did enough works and didn’t want to work out.

            If you choose to eat fast food every night, you’re probably telling yourself you’re too busy to cook. But ask yourself why? What are your priorities?

            Maybe you have a lack of self-worth that means you don’t have the self-love to want to look after your health. Perhaps it’s a sign you’re not making enough time for important routines like shopping and creating a healthy meal yourself. Maybe you’ve always had a belief that you’re a bad cook.

            Write a diary

            Write down your thoughts and feelings around this bad habit. Writing things down forces the brain to think harder.[2] This helps you to find the source to your stress or limiting negative beliefs.

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            Alternate: Find a replacement

              Find a positive alternative habit

              Once you think you’ve discovered your trigger, try to find a similar but healthy option. This is where I replaced Coke with lemon water; slouching with simply taking a walk and stretching my back every hour; and chilling at home after work with workout exercises that I actually found fun.

              You could decide to walk to the office instead of driving or getting off the bus earlier to walk. You could switch to a healthier breakfast cereal instead of grabbing a sugary snack when you head out of the door.

              By doing this, you aren’t getting rid of the act altogether like you would if you completely gave something up with nothing to fill that void. This helps your brain accept the improved habit more.

              Create a defence plan

              Everyone has moments of weakness and that want to revert back to the bad habit will rear its ugly head. This is where a plan can help counteract these moments.

              Think of things you can do when the temptations come. For example, if you want to check your phone less, ask your friend or partner to keep it for you or switch it off and read a book. If you’re a starter for an exercise routine, like me, get someone to do it with you to keep you accountable.

              Decide on something you will do once you feel triggered to go back to your old habit. Repeating these positive alternative habits consistently will help wire your brain to see them as your normal new habit over time.

              Delete: Remove temptations

                Remove stuff that reminds you of the bad habit

                Getting rid of anything that reminds you of your bad habit is essential. For example, I got rid of coke in my office and at home and replaced my usual office chair with an exercise ball. It makes it much easier to stop slipping back in a weak moment.

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                Avoid all kinds of temptations

                In the same vein, avoid places or people that you know will tempt you back into that bad habit. Don’t go to the supermarket on an empty stomach to avoid the temptation to buy trashy snacks, don’t drive past that fast food joint but find an alternative route instead, say no more often to the friend you know will get you drunk again this weekend.

                It’s all about not putting yourself in the situation where you’re in danger of relapsing.

                Conclusion

                The Control Alternate Delete Method uses the right steps you need to overcome your need to indulge in your bad habits. Working with your core psychology, emotions and feelings behind your actions is what makes this method effective and easy to apply to all bad habits you have.

                Bad habits are easy to form and making changes can seem difficult but remember that it’s all about consistency and repetition.

                Start using the Control Alternate Delete Method today and you can stop a bad habit permanently.

                What bad habit do you want to put a stop to once and for all? You must set aside time and pick one bad habit to focus on. Start using the steps to increase and maintain more positivity in your life moving forward.

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