"The image you project, in many circumstances, is far more valuable than your skills or your record of past accomplishments."
Whether you like it or not, appearances do count. No, it's not "fair" but it is reality.
Why do people prejudge, stereotype, profile, and "judge a book by its cover"? At the core, it's a basic survival instinct. Internally we're asking the question "are you like me or different from me?"
If you are trying to be accepted by other individuals or groups of people, you need to make sure your appearance is acceptable to them so they will be more comfortable with you.
Some people will see you as a positive, others will see you as a negative, others will ignore you altogether – and each person will quickly decide their “first impression” of you and categorize you.
Always be aware that “people do judge a book by its cover” but understand that you can present yourself more comfortably to others through your choice of clothes, actions, and overall appearance.
"The world is governed more by appearances than by realities." ~ Daniel Webster
So remember, if you want to be accepted as a (you fill in the blank), then dress and act like a (what you filled in the previous blank with).
Post inspired by the Ultimate Success Program and Og Mandino's University of Success.