We’ve all heard the saying, “Dress for the job you want.” But according to a new study, something as simple as ordering a larger cut of steak or super-sizing your morning latte could project an image of success. Really.
Andrew O’Connell, a columnist with the Harvard Business Review, says that research shows that people associate larger sizes of food items with wealth and success. Is it time to upgrade your measly salad to something more impressive?
“Surround yourself with the trappings of the salary and lifestyle you want, not the one you have,” O’Connell says.
Another study, conducted by Albert Mannes of the Wharton School, found that men with bald or shaved heads were viewed as taller and stronger than men with full heads of hair, while men with thinning hair are seen as the least powerful. Perhaps we associate shaved heads with action heroes like Bruce Willis and Jason Statham?
I’m not suggesting that everyone go out and get a shave or bring an extra-large smoothie to the office. Still, it’s interesting research!