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According to economists, Ross Levine and Yona Rubinstein in their research paper, “Who Becomes an Entrepreneur and Do They Earn More?,” entrepreneurs are more apt to be highly intelligent people who skipped class, cut corners, violated social conventions, and broke the law when they were teenagers and young adults.

If you think about it, it makes sense. Entrepreneurs get ahead by upending the established order. Therefore, when youthful rules-breakers channel their energy in the right direction, transformational things happen. In other words, if teenage delinquents can survive into adulthood without dying or going to prison, they have the possibility of challenging the status quo in positive ways.

EMCO Partners works with quite a few entrepreneurs that fit this mold perfectly. The spirit of rebelliousness that got them in trouble as youngsters made them successful as adults.