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Subject:  Re: Millionaire professions Date:  1/31/2019  6:58 AM
Author:  TheBreeze Number:  91794 of 93672

There's a lot of truth in thinking that the professional who looks *least* like the stereotype is likely to be the best at his job. You know that he's got his position because of competence rather than looking the part. (That's from one of Nassim Taleb's books, I think "Skin In The Game.")

This might be true, but aren't people more willing to trust someone who looks the part, because it fits their mental model of what that professional looks like?

For instance, a DJ can cut their dreads, put on a suit, and become a financial adviser:

Here's the video:

Don't you think that illustrates the point I was making rather than refutes it? The person who looks *least* like the stereotypical version of something is more likely to have worked his (or her) way in by skill and effort rather than "looking the part."
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