Guess tardiness isn't always a bad thing!
Are people who are always late more successful?
You know that one friend who is always late, no matter what the occasion? Are you that one friend?
Though we don't recommend that intentionally being late, science is on the tardy's side. It turns out that the traits that make people late are traits that help people live longer, more successful lives.
At least, that's what Diana DeLonzor wrote in her book Never Late Again. People who are always late really believe that they can do everything that they want to do in a short period of time.
"Many late people tend to be both optimistic and unrealistic, and this affects their perception of time," writes DeLonzor. "They really believe they can go for a run, pick up their clothes at the dry cleaners, buy groceries and drop off the kids at school in an hour."
People who are always late are typically so because they're less concerned about deadlines and are usually more relaxed. This means that they're likely to suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and depression, among many other things.
Some people are always late because they're perfectionists who have to have absolutely everything in order before they leave the house. Friends might not be very appreciative of this trait, but perfectionism is very much valued in the workplace.
Maybe you're always late because you forget about your obligations once you're hyperfocused in other activities. This kind of passion, when harnessed correctly, can lead to long-term success.
Of course, just because you have these traits doesn't mean that you should be ok with being late all the time. Don't be so hard on yourself (or your friend) for being late, but at the same time, respect other people's time as well. What's the use of being successful in your career if everyone's fed up with your tardiness?
Are people who are always late more successful or creative? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
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