What’s In A Name? That Next Promotion, For One Thing

Fast Company:

Studies have shown that all sorts of ridiculous things correlate with people’s relative power: if you’re taller, more attractive, have a deeper voice, you’ll be more likely be successful.

And as a new study from Deutschland shows, your surname might be another factor. let’s compare these German names:

  • Kaiser (“emperor”)
  • König (“king”)
  • Fürst (“prince”)

With these:

  • Bergmann (“miner”),
  • Schubert (“shoemaker”)
  • Zimmerman (“carpenter”)

What’s the difference between the first group and the second? The first are noble-sounding (in the cases of princes, quite literally).

Read the whole story: Fast Company

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