Lending Club Blog

Success Factors and Financial Prosperity

Most of the same factors that bring success in life also bring success in personal finances. It isn’t just that success in life brings financial rewards, but also that habits that induce success do so in all aspects of our lives, including our finances.

There are obvious factors that are widely believed to lead to all types of success, including intelligence, work ethic, and the like. There are other, less obvious factors that also play into the mix. As I’ve said many times before, those around you have enormous influence on your sense of “normal” and may drive many of your habits, financial or otherwise. This type of influence is what I’d like to discuss today.

For inspiration, I turned to two sources:

First is the new book, Outliers, The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. In the book, the author downplays the importance of traditional success factors and investigates the ways that cultural influences and unique skills accumulate into advantages that lead to success. It doesn’t take much to extend his conclusions to financial success as well.

The second source was a CareerBuilder study whose results were reported by CNN. The study looked to see what effect birth order (firstborn, middle child, youngest, twin, or only child) had on careers and earnings. The results showed a surprising correlation between the two.

It can be disconcerting to discover that your lot in life is influenced by factors beyond your control, such as your birth order or cultural heritage. If these were the only factors in success, our lives would all be predetermined at birth or within the first few years of life. Fortunately, the factors that we can control also come into play. What this all means is that some people may need to work harder to overcome those factors beyond their control and others may inexplicably find success despite a mediocre effort.

How well does the CareerBuilder study predict the success of you and your siblings? Has success come easier (or harder) to you compared to friends or colleagues with different cultural upbringings?

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 at 6:27 am

Comments (0)


Welcome Home

Lending Club named #5 on Forbes’ Most Promising Companies List

Get ready for tax season with Lending Club’s Tax Form Guide

New Adjusted Return Metric

See more
Lending Club Awards
  • Archives z

Recent Posts

Credit Performance Update

Summary: Credit performance of our standard program is coming… Read More »
February 7, 2016

New Infographic on Small Business Financing

Check out our latest infographic on the state of… Read More »
December 17, 2015

More Data Coming for Investors

We’re always seeking feedback and looking to make the… Read More »
November 10, 2015

Lending Club Surpasses $13 Billion

Check out our updated infographic to see what a… Read More »
October 29, 2015

Lending Club Launches Multi-Draw Line of Credit for Small Businesses

We’re excited to announce the… Read More »
October 16, 2015

Bloomberg Markets Names Renaud Laplanche on its 2015 “Most Influential” List

Read More »
October 6, 2015

Congratulations, Carrie! Named 2015 Financial Woman of the Year by The Financial Women of San Francisco

Read More »
October 5, 2015

Congratulations to Carrie Dolan – Named one of American Banker’s 2015 Most Powerful Women in Finance

Read More »
September 22, 2015

Welcome Nebraska, Kansas, and Indiana Investors!

We recently welcomed residents of Nebraska, Kansas, and Indiana… Read More »
September 21, 2015

Lending Club Job Spotlight: Technology & Member Support

Our Technology team develops and… Read More »
September 14, 2015


We went public today!

Ringing the bell this morning at the New York… Read More »
December 11, 2014

New and Improved Statistics Page

We recently redesigned our Loan Statistics page to make… Read More »
November 13, 2014

Lending Club Honored with Economist Innovation Award

This month I was honored… Read More »
October 15, 2014

Welcome Vermont Investors!

Today, we’re thrilled to welcome residents of the state… Read More »
September 4, 2014

We filed to go public today

We filed a registration statement with the SEC today… Read More »
August 27, 2014

Our Billion Dollar Quarter

We’re excited to announce  that we’ve facilitated over $5… Read More »
July 8, 2014

Is Lending Club Available in My State?

Is Lending Club available in my state? That is… Read More »
July 7, 2014

Lending Club Joins Senator Cory Booker to Discuss Improving Access to Capital for Small Businesses

Read More »
June 20, 2014

Lending Club Named a CNBC Top 50 Disruptor for a Second Year

For the second year in… Read More »
June 17, 2014

PRIME is now Automated Investing

Lending Club is excited to announce that PRIME has… Read More »
May 14, 2014
View All w