Have you ever seen an attractive woman and thought, Wow she must have the whole world under her feet? If so, you would definitely be frowned upon by the woman, if she were ever able to read your mind. The same goes for men, and their hot physique, as the majority of people believe they can get anything just because of their pretty faces. The truth is that while good-looking people do tend to have better job opportunities, that’s not all they’re about. The stereotype of intellectual strength going hand in hand with physical weakness becomes more frequent by the day, but nevertheless, less valid.
Pretty face, strong mind
People with pretty faces are often perceived as individuals who don’t need to try hard in order to get what they want. Many people believe that just because a woman has a goddess-like body or because a man is so deliciously groomed, that they have nothing more to offer than an attractive physique. Their intellect is overshadowed by their appearance, which is more often than not rather obnoxious. What many people don’t get to see is how hard-working those people are as well. Not only do they try their best to succeed, but also, they have to work twice as hard as someone who isn’t as good-looking, just to let their intellect be noticed. Furthermore, if a good-looking employee gets a promotion at the same time as someone who is not as attractive, their merits won’t be as praised as those of an average-looking worker, because many will attribute it to their physical appearance, rather than their intellect. Furthermore, being looked at as a woman who smiled her way up the corporate ladder can be a huge burden, and actually rock your self-esteem, instead of making you happy about your career advance.
Taking care of your body nurtures your mind
It’s true that a pretty face will attract more job opportunities, but staying fit also allows you to take care of your mental health. What many people fail to realize, is that successful business people who also happen to look good, understand how big a role physical appearance has in the corporate world, because first impressions are everything. That’s why smart, educated people will do their best to stay in shape and look their best at all times, because they are the faces of their companies, after all. Considering they don’t have a lot of free time on their hands, they often invest in fitness gear that some fitness equipment stores offer and bring the gym to their homes, to make the most of their workouts when they have the time. Just because they invest in their look, it doesn’t mean that they have nothing else to offer to the business world.
What the studies show
According to various research, success in your career is directly linked to good looks and height. Furthermore, not only do good-looking people find jobs quicker, but they are paid 12% more than those considered not so attractive. On the other hand, a recent study found that handsome men are seen as more competent, but that makes them less likely to be hired in competitive workplaces, because they are perceived as a threat. Stereotypes are strong, and they can influence the way you feel about yourself, and even have a negative impact on your work, if you start doubting your competence just because your looks tend to be more prominent than your intellect. However, it’s important to remember that you wouldn’t be able to get any job unless you were qualified for it.
Looks aren’t everything, but they sure count for a lot. However, not all people see beauty with the same eyes, and what might be attractive to some can appear quite average to others. That’s why we shouldn’t think much about it, but instead do our best to advance in our careers, work hard and enjoy the fruits of our labour without thinking about other people’s opinions.
Georgia Selih is a contributor at highstylife.com. She's passionate about traveling, lifestyle tips and tricks, and wedding essentials and that's what she writes about every day!
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