Winners come in various different forms but many of them have similar personality traits. That's the view of a recent infographic, which studied hundreds of winners from the 21st century, ranging from sports and film stars to musicians and authors, to understand what these individuals have in common. Whether it's superstar award-winners at the BAFTAs and BRITs or gold medal winners at the Olympic Games, the infographic demonstrates that the world's winners have several familiar characteristics.
Those aged between 20-30 win most frequently
Although the average age of a first-time winner in all industries is 32-years-old, the most common period of life winners succeed is in their twenties, according to Betway Casino's recent infographic. In the sports industry, for instance, athletes are said to be in their peak fitness and condition in their twenties, allowing them to perform to the best of their abilities and stay at the top of their game. The world's most decorated Olympian, Michael Phelps, who has 23 Olympic gold medals to his name, scooped the last five medals at the 2016 Rio Games at the age of 31, before opting to retire from swimming. There's also plenty of talented youngsters in their mid-teens that have had the aptitude to set up in business. There are anomalies like Sir Chris Hoy, who maintained the passion and drive to win five gold medals and one silver at the 2012 London Olympics aged 36. That's why the average age sits at 32-years-old, particularly with industries such as television and film giving professionals a longer shelf life. In business, it's also entirely possible for successful professionals not to find their dream job until later in life. One thing winners across the industries need is a desire to continually improve and never get stale.
Winners are well-educated and well-versed in their professions
It's also interesting to note that the majority of successful men and women in the world are educated to degree level. Although being well-qualified is no guarantee of success, it's no secret that those who are given the tools to succeed have a far better chance than those who must make their own tools. There are several examples of superstars with few qualifications that have gone on to achieve amazing things, such as Celine Dion, Shania Twain and former Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker, whose families lived on the breadline and were forced to work hard to make ends meet. These difficult upbringings gave these stars the work ethic and humility to respect every cent they earn.
More winners are cancers than any other star sign
The infographic also states that the most common star sign among the world's winners is cancer. Astrostyle states that cancers are patient, creative and nurturing, which suggests that they care deeply about their professional careers as well as their loved ones. Cancers gain energy from being able to cling to comforts, be it job security or family and friends.
More winners are born on a Tuesday
Were you born on a Tuesday? You could be set for stardom if this infographic is anything to go by, with more of the world's winners born on a Tuesday than any other day of the week. Day of Birth says that those born on a Tuesday have warrior-like qualities, and are active, brave and serious about their work – all traits that a successful athlete, entrepreneur or entertainer require to make the big time.
Women in the workplace have always experienced a certain degree of discrimination from male colleagues, and according to new studies, it appears that it is becoming even more difficult for women to get acclimated to modern day work environments, in wake of the #MeToo Movement.
In a recent study conducted by LeanIn.org, in partnership with SurveyMonkey, 60% of male managers confessed to feeling uncomfortable engaging in social situations with women in and outside of the workplace. This includes interactions such as mentorships, meetings, and basic work activities. This statistic comes as a shocking 32% rise from 2018.
What appears the be the crux of the matter is that men are afraid of being accused of sexual harassment. While it is impossible to discredit this fear as incidents of wrongful accusations have taken place, the extent to which it has burgeoned is unacceptable. The #MeToo movement was never a movement against men, but an empowering opportunity for women to speak up about their experiences as victims of sexual harassment. Not only were women supporting one another in sharing to the public that these incidents do occur, and are often swept under the rug, but offered men insight into behaviors and conversations that are typically deemed unwelcomed and unwarranted.
Restricting interaction with women in the workplace is not a solution, but a mere attempt at deflecting from the core issue. Resorting to isolation and exclusion relays the message that if men can't treat women how they want, then they rather not deal with them at all. Educating both men and women on what behaviors are unacceptable while also creating a work environment where men and women are held accountable for their actions would be the ideal scenario. However, the impact of denying women opportunities of mentorship and productive one-on-one meetings hinders growth within their careers and professional networks.
Women, particularly women of color, have always had far fewer opportunities for mentorship which makes it impossible to achieve growth within their careers without them. If women are given limited opportunities to network in and outside of a work environment, then men must limit those opportunities amongst each other, as well. At the most basic level, men should be approaching female colleagues as they would approach their male colleagues. Striving to achieve gender equality within the workplace is essential towards creating a safer environment.
While restricted communication and interaction may diminish the possibility of men being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment, it creates a hostile
environment that perpetuates women-shaming and victim-blaming. Creating distance between men and women only prompts women to believe that male colleagues who avoid them will look away from or entirely discredit sexual harassment they experience from other men in the workplace. This creates an unsafe working environment for both parties where the problem at hand is not solved, but overlooked.
According to LeanIn's study, only 85% of women said they feel safe on the job, a 5% drop from 2018. In the report, Jillesa Gebhardt wrote, "Media coverage that is intended to hold aggressors accountable also seems to create a sense of threat, and people don't seem to feel like aggressors are held accountable." Unfortunately, only 16% of workers believed that harassers holding high positions are held accountable for their actions which inevitably puts victims in difficult, and quite possibly dangerous, situations. 50% of workers also believe that there are more repercussions for the victims than harassers when speaking up.
In a research poll conducted by Edison Research in 2018, 30% of women agreed that their employers did not handle harassment situations properly while 53% percent of men agreed that they did. Often times, male harassers hold a significant amount of power within their careers that gives them a sense of security and freedom to go forward with sexual misconduct. This can be seen in cases such as that of Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby and R. Kelly. Men in power seemingly have little to no fear that they will face punishment for their actions.
Source-Alex Brandon, AP
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook executive and founder of LeanIn.org., believes that in order for there to be positive changes within work environments, more women should be in higher positions. In an interview with CNBC's Julia Boorstin, Sandberg stated, "you know where the least sexual harassment is? Organizations that have more women in senior leadership roles. And so, we need to mentor women, we need to sponsor women, we need to have one-on-one conversations with them that get them promoted." Fortunately, the number of women in leadership positions are slowly increasing which means the prospect of gender equality and safer work environments are looking up.
Despite these concerning statistics, Sandberg does not believe that movements such as the Times Up and Me Too movements, have been responsible for the hardship women have been experiencing in the workplace. "I don't believe they've had negative implications. I believe they're overwhelmingly positive. Because half of women have been sexually harassed. But the thing is it is not enough. It is really important not to harass anyone. But that's pretty basic. We also need to not be ignored," she stated. While men may be feeling uncomfortable, putting an unrealistic amount of distance between themselves and female coworkers is more harmful to all parties than it is beneficial. Men cannot avoid working with women and vice versa. Creating such a hostile environment is also detrimental to any business as productivity and communication will significantly decrease.
The fear or being wrongfully accused of sexual harassment is a legitimate fear that deserves recognition and understanding. However, restricting interactions with women in the workplace is not a sensible solution as it can have negatively impact a woman's career. Companies are in need of proper training and resources to help both men and women understand what is appropriate workplace behavior. Refraining from physical interactions, commenting on physical appearance, making lewd or sexist jokes and inquiring about personal information are also beneficial steps towards respecting your colleagues' personal space. There is still much work to be done in order to create safe work environments, but with more and more women speaking up and taking on higher positions, women can feel safer and hopefully have less contributions to make to the #MeToo movement.