Writing Down Your Goals – The Harvard Written Goal Study. Fact or Fiction?

Writing Down Your Goals - The Harvard Written Goal Study. Fact or Fiction?

I recently published a post about Why 3% of Harvard MBAs Make Ten Times as Much as the Other 97% Combined.  In that post, I discuss a Harvard study concerning the effects of goal setting, and specifically written goals, on future financial success.

But…did this study really happen?  Let’s find out

Just Like Hiring My Own Research Staff – Google Book Search

As I mentioned in that past article, the study is sourced from the book What They Don’t Teach You in the Harvard Business School, by Mark McCormack.

I was curious, and searched for the actual study online, but was unable to find it.

It Isn’t True Just Because The Internet Said So – Or Books Either, Apparently

I had read the study was conducted at Harvard, and thus when researching, I searched for “Harvard written goals study.” 
I have since learned that sometimes the study references a Harvard class of 1979, and sometimes a Yale class of 1953. 

I went researched on Google Book Search and found additional references to such a Yale study.  The premise and results were always the same.  Either this was a reproducible experiment… or something was a little fishy.