Things like getting a good education and applying yourself are what MOSTLY determine how successful you are . . . but a lot of LITTLE things affect it too. And some of them you can't do anything about.
--Check out this list from Buzzfeed.com of seven things you can't control that determine how successful you are.
#1.) Having Thick Eyebrows. A study at Duke compared pictures of CEOs with pictures of low-level employees. And the CEOs were much more likely to have thick, bushy eyebrows.
--Apparently it's not just because most CEOs are old guys. Because when they compared the eyebrows of CEOs at different companies, the ones at the most-SUCCESSFUL companies had the BUSHIEST eyebrows.
#2.) Being Tall. A study in 2009 found that for every two inches taller someone is, they earn an average of $1,000 more per year.
--So in theory, if you were six inches taller, you'd make $3,000 more than you currently do.
#3.) Being Named Peter or Deborah. According to data pulled from LinkedIn.com, men are more likely to be the CEO of a company if their name is Bob, Peter, or Jack. And for women, Deborah, Sally, and Cynthia are best.
#4.) Being Blonde. Obviously anyone can be blonde if they can get to a pharmacy and have ten bucks.
--But a 2010 study in Australia found that blonde women make 7% more than brunettes on average. And it also found that blonde women are more likely to marry a RICH guy.
--The president of something called the International Blondes Association claimed it's because blondes are, quote, "more fun and outgoing, and men are more attracted to [them]."
#5.) Being a Psychopath. Maybe you've heard this one, but according to a book called "The Psychopath Test", CEOs are four times more likely to be psychopaths . . . which basically means they don't have the same emotions the rest of us do, and just care about themselves.
--In the general population, an estimated one out of every 100 people is a psycho. But among CEOs, it's FOUR TIMES that.
#6.) Being the Oldest Child. According to researchers in Norway, first-born children tend to earn more money, and have slightly higher IQs. And they're also more likely to be competitive in general.
#7.) Being Born in June. A survey done by England's Office for National Statistics found that more executives were born in June than any other month. And so were 23% of the last 22 Nobel Peace Prize winners.