Does your name affect your chance of success [infographic]

I found an interesting infographic on the names of CEO’s on Linkedin. It seems that if your name is Peter or Deborah you are destined for success. Whereas top sales people and CEO’s all have names that are shorter than four letters (something to think about on your next sales hire). It should have been obvious but successful restaurant owners have much longer and creative foreign names.

If this seems a little tongue and cheek- it is. I don’t actually believe that a name determines your success. I believe that hard work, wisdom, insight, leadership and guts make you successful. Maybe the Jacks of this world just take a few more calculated risks – if so, lets learn the lesson from him and start getting a few more Mike’s, Jenny’s, and Johan’s into the CEO leader-board. I thought the infographic was fun so here it is:

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  • June 3, 2011

    Is is good to have the name Bruce: possible top CEO. It think names have a lot to do with customer perception and marketing. With the change of marketing strategy and required personal touch in business, maybe we should be able to change our name at age 25 to suit our chosen profession. A pizza would just taste better made by Julio than Mark, and music played by Razz would sound better than Johnathan.
    Worth thinking about, today I will stick with Bruce.

  • August 4, 2011

    It would seem then that I am destined to become a CEO with the name Lulu… 🙂

  • August 23, 2011

    Haha, interesting infographic, makes me realize why i haven’t turned out successful as yet.

    It’s interesting how one can put up trends and analyses to shape people’s perception, the next thing i see happening is many a folks changing their names to Bob. Just a thought –



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