Date: November 02, 2018 08:38AM
Depends on how you define success. It’s obviously going to be easier to put more time into your career, save more, etc... without kids. However, I know a good number of very successful business owners, and they all have kids. On the other hand, most 40-somethings I know without kids are not smart or successful.
It’s also interesting that CEO’s are far more likely to be pschopaths than the general population. I wouldn’t be surprised if the same applies to top government leaders:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/on-small-business/wp/2016/09/16/gene-marks-21-percent-of-ceos-are-psychopaths-only-21-percent/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.19bb7fd94249
People that don’t care about others are certainly going to be less likely to have kids. They’re going to be more likely to lie and cheat their way to the top as well. I’ve worked with some executives that are great people over the years, but I’ve worked with one guy like this. He’s “very successful”, but he’s probably also the worst person I’ve ever met.