We often hear it takes hard work and luck to be successful. While there is truth to this, science also plays a big role in every success story. Recent studies have shown that the neurons in our brains contribute to our professional success.
Making quick and smart decisions
A large part of success is in the decision-making process. It shouldn’t be surprising that making quick decisions is a trait found in many successful people, like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Both made quick, yet thoughtful, decisions that have a lasting impression on society. The decision-making process can be stressful and sometimes leave you pondering how successful people always seem to know what to do. The reason is that they are making decisions every day and it doesn’t matter if they lead to success or not. Earl Miller of MIT and Mark Histead of Harvard in Entrepreneur claim, “our neurons retain memory and become more finely tuned when we succeed … There is a difference between the absence of success and the presence of failure.” The fact is that when making decisions we are exercising the basal nuclei, which helps the brain process and foresee many outcomes. Science has shown that the basal nuclei, changes and grows thicker with every decision made.
Developing social skills
A 2014 study by University of California (Santa Barbara) economist, Catherine Weinberger found that those who climb the corporate ladder the quickest, tend to be adept professionally and privately. The ability to use both hemispheres of the brain, has proven that both quantitative skills and social skills are equally important when climbing the ladder to success. Weinberger’s research showed that while being an expert in your field is an important element of success, training the right side of your brain which focuses on creativity is an important aspect of success.
There will always be successes and failures in your career, and most people face failure at some point in their life. However, living the “glass half full” lifestyle has proven to be a key factor in success. Research has shown that remaining positive has allowed people to solve problems quicker and stay on task. Per Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson of Psychology Today, remaining open allows for “a more exploratory information-processing style, and greater comfort with risk, which facilitates creativity… they are open to more possibilities.”
Staying positive allows your brain to combat the stress-causing hormone, cortisol, which will wreak havoc on your brain. Remaining positive will help decrease your cortisol levels and increase the function of dopamine. the neurotransmitter that increases attention span, concentration and memory. This positive neurotransmitter is why successful people tend to attract even more success throughout their life. They want to feel the rush that dopamine gives them and will want to recreate that feeling, which usually ends in positive results.
J. D’Agostino | The Edge Blog