The Study That Never Was

Network marketers clearly have a keen interest in truth versus hyperbole. In our May 2005 edition, I wrote an editorial (“Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics”) about a number of well-circulated urban legends of the networking world, notably the “Harvard study” that found that only 3 percent of a certain graduating class ever wrote down their goals, yet that few, decades later, were worth more than the other 97 percent. (No such study: never happened.) It’s over a year later, and we’re still getting mail about it. — JDM

I thought the study oft repeated on the value of goal setting was for Yale graduates, not Harvard.

—Nathaniel Coleburn

Yale is often cited as the source of this non-existent study, as is Stanford. No doubt other universities have also been awarded this dubious honor, since the nature of rumors and urban legends is that they tend to proliferate in endless variety. But Harvard, Yale and Stanford have been the big three.

Still no matter which prestigious bastion of higher learning one quotes, the bottom line is that the study appears never to have taken place. — JDM

The first person from whom I heard about the “3 percent versus 97 percent net worth of a graduating class from Yale University twenty years after graduation” was the goal-setting master, Brian Tracy. Someone should (I nominate you!) check with him. I know it could happen, but somehow I can’t imagine Mr. Tracy citing unconfirmed studies in the presentations he makes to corporations and groups all over the world.

—Nathaniel Coleburn

Imagine it or not, evidently it happened. There’s a great story (unconfirmed, though I suspect this one’s actually true) about what Brian said when this was brought to his attention. Someone told him that in fact, nobody had ever actually conducted a study like the one he had described. Without missing a beat, he said, “Well, they should!” I agree.

But let’s not be too hard on Brian: he’s in good company. We’ve all done it. Even teachers of great stature and influence have perpetuated Tony Robbins’s bit about how “only 7 percent of our communication is through our words,” and the rest is inflection, body language, etc. Absolute nonsense (as I pointed out in that same editorial), and an egregious twisting of some valid science. (How did we ever fall for that one? Our words convey less than one-fourteenth of our meaning?! Has our collective esteem for the power and majesty of language truly sunk that low?)

That’s the power of rumors.

It happens. All we can do is do our best to dig a little and find out for ourselves what’s the truth of things. — JDM

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