Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The Pecking Order

Which siblings succeed and why . . .

It boils down to what you know:

Love is a pie. Contrary to what your parents may have told you & you tell your own children, there really is only so much to go around.

Money is a pie. More slices make for smaller slices or dilution of resources.

Size matters. Yes it does. Children from large families on an average are less successful in life than children from smaller families. The exception is that in large families, the last child (the "accident") may fair better than several older siblings.

On average, there is a larger variance within families than between families. At the extreme is Bill & Doug Clinton.

This is a book to borrow, not to buy.

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