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A survey of 900 execs has revealed one surprising childhood similarity

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Man’s best friend could also be a critical key to success, a new survey has revealed.

A staggering 93 per cent of executives owned a pet as a child, the Kelton Research for Banfield Pet Hospital revealed.

And 78 per cent of these 857 C-suite executives attribute some part of their success to having owned a pet as a child.

“From the pet ownership lessons we learned as children, to the ways our four-legged friends currently help us evolve, connect with others, and stay grounded, our latest research supports the notion we’ve had all along – that there may be a link between pets and their ability to help shape us as people,” Banfield Pet Hospital president, Brian Garish said.

What did the results reveal?

C-suite executives were most likely to have grown up with a dog (83 per cent), followed by a cat (59 per cent) and 37 per cent grew up with a bird, rabbit or rodent.

However regardless of the pet type, the executives agreed their furry or feathery friend taught them about responsibility, creativity and empathy.

In fact, 24 per cent said their pet taught them more valuable lessons than their first internship and 92 per cent believe their pet taught them discipline, while 79 per cent believe their pet taught them organisation.

And 38 per cent believe their pet taught them how to anticipate business needs.

Currently, 77 per cent of respondents said walking their pet actually helps them brainstorm and boosts creativity.

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