Wednesday, September 21, 2005

"shortism"...just another ism that can't be smoked away

I'm reading "blink - the power of thinking without thinking" by Malcolm Gladwell. It discusses the power of snap judgments and how in some cirumstances it proves more accurate than in depth analysis. Not only this, but the book teaches you to fine tune your own snap judgment process to become more efficient.

What else can I say but that the book is truly mind blowing and (at least in my eyes) rings true in every facet of life - from business to your personal life . Needless to say, the margins in my recently brought book have been noted up and the text throughout has been highlighted yellow or orange depending on what interested me about it.

The most interesting (or shall I say distressing) factiod I picked up thus far is:

"researchers who analyzed data...that followed thousands of people from birth to adulthood calculated that when corrected for such variables such as age and gender and weight, an inch of height is worth $789 a year in salary. A person who is six feet tall but other wise identical to a person who is five foot five will make an average of $5,525 more per year...Of the tens of millions of American men below five foot six, a grand total of ten in my sample have reached the level of CEO, which says being short is probably as much of a handicap to corporate success as being a woman or an African American...."

OUCH!!! Being a "border-line midget" mexirican woman in the corporate world, no wonder there always seems to be a dragonflypurity barrier in the workplace....hmmmm


sonrisa morena said...

sounds like an interesting book...i need to check it out

Normies said...

Oh my god, I had no idea.
Tha market is tuff enoupg as it is. Sounds like an interesting book

erin said...

See, this explains EVERYTHING. I am a whopping 5'1" and the man has been keeping me down. Well, not really but it IS hard being a shortie.

This reminds me of this piece one of my favorite slam poets, Big Poppa E, does called "Short People Rock!". You must check it out.
(Not work safe because of language)

Mexirican said...

Thanks for checking out my blog. It's the first time anyone has written back. It was a rush! :)

dragonflypurity said...

Erin, your exactly as tall as me!! Crazy to find another oerson as short as me!

Oh, and I loved that poem you sent me the link for. My fav line was:

"the revolution will not be supersized, it will be minimized!!"