Qualities of High Earners

Anne Fisher, a Fortune senior writer, had an interesting post about a survey finding that those that earn six figures and up are more likely to apologize. The article is called Want a Higher Paycheck? Say You’re Sorry. The statistics are amazing in the relationship between earnings and likelihood of accepting blame and apologizing for it. Those stats are:

Willing to Apologize               Earnings
         92%                    $100,000+
         89%                    $75,000 – $100,000
         84%                    $50,000 – $75,000
         72%                    $35,000 – $50,000
         76%                    $25,000 – $35,000
         52%                                   – $25,000

Anne does a good job with laying out the possible reasons for this correlation – really any one of them could be right. But I want to know what other qualities these high earners have.

In an earlier post I described politeness as a good strategy (A Strong Strategy – Politeness). As I see these numbers, I start to think if one personable action is more valuable or if they are all a multiplier affect. Here is a brief list of high earner little things. Feel free to send me more to add to the list.

Looking people in the eye
Saying sorry
Saying hello


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