Studies show links between personal appearance, employment and income that I find fascinating. Google personal appearance and income and you will find some interesting articles.
Malcolm Gladwell did a survey on the height of Fortune 500 CEO’s and found that the average CEO is about 3 inches taller than the average American man. (And you note that he was studying men).
This article discusses results of some of those studies and ponders what that means.
This study from 2006 https://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/3043406 came up with three transmission channels for the beauty premium.
- Physically attractive workers are more confident and higher confidence increases wages.
- For a given level of confidence physically attractive workers are (wrongly) considered more able by employers.
- Controlling for worker confidence, physically attractive workers have oral skills (such as communication and social skills) that raise their wages when they interact with employers.
Don’t be discouraged or blame our looks for our luck in life. There are tricks you can use to create appearances that match society’s ideal even if you are more towards the average (which is all of us) appearance. You can dress to appear taller and more slender. You can wear clothes that fit. You can learn to create confidence from the inside out that will make anything you wear look better.
The mind perceives (even our own) before logical thinking takes over. Test yourself throughout the day today and observe those background thoughts that you don’t usually notice about the people you meet, see on TV or in the media.
Were you surprised?
As much as you may wish to fight this and stay the way you are if you have dreams and goals, being able to confidently make a good impression visually, with your actions and with your words (including voice) is so important.
Who do you want to be? How much do you want to make? I encourage you to dress as if you are already there.