Using Your Available Capital

I came across this article that advocates for women to use their “beauty capital” to get ahead in the workplace.

Simply put, the article made a lot of sense to me. In this world, it’s best to use whatever cards you can play, and for women who strut their beauty capital, it is no different.

Sure, people these days could argue that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover or beauty is only skin deep, but who are we kidding? Humans, by nature, are shallow. There is no denying this fact.

It is human nature to gravitate toward things that social norms would consider as “attractive,” which in turn means the deck is always stacked for a specific group of people. There is a reason why mostly “beautiful” people are depicted in TV shows, movies, video games and so forth.

So having stuff to strut, so to speak, is quite the advantage in a lot of ways.

For instance, people always say that making a great impression stems from exerting confidence toward others. Demonstrating confidence makes others more comfortable around you and whatnot. True, but there is a common pattern to this as well.

When one believes they are attractive, then it is easier for them to put their best foot forward with confidence. So things like job interviews are a lot easier for attractive people than everyone else who has to try even harder to make the right impression.

But is this truly a bad thing? Not necessarily, I believe.

It’s all about what you can use to help your case. Like, I’ve always been a guy who has given people the wrong impression based on how I look. People think of me as anti-social, mean and indifferent, but then they become genuinely shocked to figure out that I am more than meets the eye.

The issue is, a lot of people don’t want to spend the time to get to figure this stuff out about me because of superficial reasons, so I have to earn respect through different means.

Story of my life.


3 thoughts on “Using Your Available Capital

  1. brianajae September 4, 2011 / 7:03 pm

    I’m going to have to disagree with you. I guess appearance does have something to do with jobs in some occasions, but I count myself as successful professionally. And I don’t think how I look has anything to do with that.


    • Nhan-Fiction September 5, 2011 / 12:50 am

      Well, it’s still up to a given person to utilize a given advantage whenever the opportunity presents itself.

      Like the article discusses, there are other types of capital (social capital if you network with a lot of people, for instance).

      Having more capital doesn’t necessarily equate to guaranteed things, but it certainly does help in the endeavor.


  2. Dan September 9, 2011 / 1:21 pm

    From what I’ve seen in the professional world, albeit very little, it seems like looks can only get you so far. I see good looking people in decent positions at company’s, but the ones with no real depth and character hit a ceiling. They’re stuck in their middle-management type of situation.

    Other than looks though, you’ve got to think about wit, sense of humor, knowledge, experience as other forms of capital. Places are looking for the whole package when they hire. They can’t afford to be superficial these days.

    sidenote: When I saw the title of this post, I thought it was going to be a lesson on how to live on a low budget… you got my hope up!


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