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Many Americans Admit They Have Not Achieved Their Goals

Bellevue University, an award-winning leader in educating adult learners, released the results Tuesday of a U.S. consumer study that revealed that many Americans (40 percent) say they are not where they want to be in life, with 31.8 percent saying they thought they would have achieved more by now.

These numbers are likely to increase by 2020 based on a McKinsey Institute study.

"It is always a good time to evaluate our lives," says Bellevue president Mary Hawkins. "Where we are and where we'd like to be."

Sixty percent of the participants in the Bellevue University study said they can't put a finger on exactly what's holding them back from achieving their goals.

According to a 2010 Princeton study of 450,000 Americans, income does affect a person's life satisfaction.

People who earn $75,000 a year or more are more satisfied with their life overall than those who earn less.

Satisfaction levels continue to drop as the income level decreases. While lower income did not seem to cause dissatisfaction by itself, the study showed that it seemed to exacerbate other problems in people's lives.

For example, lower earners who had experienced a divorce or health issues reported a lower level of happiness than their wealthier counterparts with the same troubles.

* 40 percent of adults across the nation said they're not where they want to be in life.

* 31.8 percent say they thought they would have achieved more by now.

* 60 percent of the population can't put a finger on exactly what's holding them back from achieving their goals.

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Posted on October 10, 2012


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