Media outlets love to compile lists of impressive people under a certain age. They laud the accomplishments of fresh-faced entrepreneurs, innovators, influencers, etc., making the rest of us ooh and ahh wonder how they got so far so young.

While it's great to give credit where it's due, such early-life success lists can make folks over a certain age unnecessarily question where we went wrong in our youth—as if dreams can't come true and successes can't be had past age 30.

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It turns out that optimism is good for all sorts of things, the job search included.

Stephen Dubner, over at the Freakonomics blog, asks whether it pays to be optimistic. And at least for MBA students looking for work, the answer is yes.

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