What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School (a bestselling book) talks about a research study that was conducted at Harvard between 1979 and 1989:
“In 1979, the MBA graduates were asked, “Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?”
Only 3 percent had clear written goals and action plans to achieve them.
Thirteen percent of the graduates had goals, but they were not in writing.
The other 84 percent had no specific goals at all.
In 1989, a decade later, the researchers again interviewed the students of that class. Surprisingly, they discovered that the 13 percent, who had goals that were not in writing, were earning on average twice as much as the 84 percent who had no goals at all.
The truly amazing finding was that the 3 percent of students, who had written, clear goals when they left Harvard, were earning over ten times as much, on average, as the other 97 percent together.
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