Did you know the warrior gene can enhance your business success?
The warrior gene affects the breakdown of neurotransmitters
Business – It’s in your genes. Are you really business savvy because of your genes? Do your genes control your business choices? According to scientists at the California Institute of Technology the answer might be yes: inheriting the “warrior” gene may indeed make you better at making risky financial decisions.
The “Warrior” Gene
Named for its link to aggressive behaviour, the “warrior” gene refers to different versions of the MAOAgene. All “warrior” versions produce lower levels of monoamine oxidase A. This is an enzyme that breaks down neurotransmitters in our brains, which control feelings of stress and reward.
When MAOA levels are low, the neurotransmitters are not broken down as effectively, which usually results in behavioural changes. The list of negative behaviours associated with the warrior gene includes antisocial behaviour, alcoholism, panic disorders and pathological gambling.
But it’s not all bad. New evidence reveals that warrior gene carriers have an advantage when challenged with making risky decisions. In this study, scientists looked at how different genetic versions of three genes, MAOA, 5-HTT (a serotonin transporter) and DRD4 (dopamine 4 receptor), affected risk-taking behaviour.
The participants performed a simple financial decision-making exercise – the choice between a sure option (100% chance of neither winning or losing their money) and a risky option (50:50 chance of winning $7 or losing $4). The researchers found that men with the warrior forms of the MAOA gene (MAOA-L) were more likely to accept the risky option, compared to their MAOA-H counterparts.
No Guts, No Glory
This agreed with previous findings that MAOA-L carriers are more likely to exhibit risky behaviour. But, what is new is the fact that warrior carriers took risks because they believed that they would benefit from these decisions. And according to the evidence, they did.
The warrior gene allowed these men to better judge when a risk was in their favour, including anything from a risky business decision to a winning hand in cards. The bottom line is, if you have the warrior gene, you are more likely to profit from your decision.
It is human nature to try to describe people based on their age, identity or even their genes. Warrior gene carriers are often labelled as being angry and aggressive, but it looks like the warrior version might also provide the “no guts, no glory” attitude that is essential to excelling as an entrepreneur, especially if it involves high-risk decision-making.
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