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Uncommon Knowledge: Are New Year’s Resolutions helpful?

Bubble Calendar | UncommonGoodsThe New Year seems like a great time to start making change in your life. And yet, 25% of people keep setting the same goals, year after year, without ever achieving them. So what good are they? In 1979, there was a goal-setting study conducted among Harvard MBA students. Only 13% of them had made any specific goals for themselves, and only 3% of students had written those goals down. When a follow-up was conducted a decade later, it was found that the students with goals in mind were earning twice as much as their goal-less peers. Those who had written their goals down, however, were earning a whopping ten times more than the other 97% of their graduating class. So while writing down your desire to go to the gym or stop smoking may seem futile, it may in fact have amazing results.

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Written by Nathan

Nathan is a copywriter, who helps create our product descriptions as well as our weekly emails. He is also a nationally award-winning musical theater writer, whose work includes an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel The Giver. Nathan has also been a classical violinist, tutored Kazakhstani jewelers in entrepreneurship, created large-scale games played across entire city blocks, served as a missionary in South Korea, conducted experiments in sonoluminescence, co-founded an exotic fruit-growing business, was a theater critic for Tucson Weekly, and as a teenager composed a women’s jazz quartet that is currently performed around the world.

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