In every group of people there is always at least one person who is 'that person'. The one who is always late, the one that you have to tell that you are leaving at 10am even though you don't have to leave until 10.30am, the one that you are always waiting for.
But turns out, while they may annoy you (if they aren't actually you!) there is no point scolding them as everytime they are running late they are doing wonders for their future.
According to Harvard Health Publishing, it’s all to do with optimism. The site reports that “optimism helps people cope with disease and recover from surgery”. Research also revealed that “an optimistic outlook early in life can predict better health and a lower rate of death during follow-up periods of 15 to 40 years.”
Worrying that you’re running late now and then is obviously pretty bad for your blood pressure, but people that are continuously late are apparently more relaxed and less prone to cardiovascular problems, less likely to have a stroke, and have a lower chance of getting depression. It’s unsurprising that this leads to a happier and healthier life.
In 2003, psychologist Jeff Conte claimed that late people can multi-task and are naturally better problem solvers. Leading a more productive life, it means they are quicker to climb the corporate ladder and succeed in the workplace. Others simply engross themselves in something and lose track of time, meaning they have attributes of passion. If this passion is applied to work, it undoubtedly makes them more successful.
Diana DeLonzor’s book Never Be Late Again emphasised the optimism of tardy people. She explained how people that are chronically late genuinely believe they can do everything they need to do in a shortened space of time and still make it to you on the dot.
Sure, it’s frustrating when you’ve made plans with that person who is always late, but maybe take a leaf out of their book and try it yourself every now and then — it could be your ticket to the top.