If I was covered in warts or something, it's kind of hard to even have people pay attention to my good points in the first place... as with a book with a cover that makes you want to immediately look away and find another book.. you're appealing to the smallest demographic imaginable with that kind of cover.Anyway, I suspect it's more looks in my case, actions second. I've done some big actions like work in James Cameron's house for Avatar and won some Siggraph awards, but few girls (or guys) would even pay attention to that if they weren't attracted to what they saw of me as far as visual data (and maybe auditory and olfactory -- I get lots of people saying I smell so nice and a smaller subset saying they really like my voice).
It's like how many people have heard of Stephen Wolfram? I mean some people know him from Mathematica and whatnot:But how many more people know even Justin Bieber? It's hard to get noticed without a good cover., and therefore it's good in my opinion to take care of your body and not treat it like a piece of shit.
In my case, I went with "actions" but only because I've won Siggraph awards, worked under James Cameron, was featured on Thrasher when I was skateboarding, was a somewhat famous game developer in my youth, etc. I think I could have done almost as well in my career without hardly anyone liking my looks. But it's tougher at least -- for a start, it's tougher even if I accomplished all the same things with some horrid disease that makes me look like a troll, but that aside, it would be harder for anyone to notice. I sold at least the first hundred thousand copies of my software on my ability to perform on stage and market the code I wrote. I'm much better at talking to people and getting them excited than creating software.
I would actually say I'm a good salesman and manager first and foremost. Gimme anything to sell on a stage and a microphone on stage and I'll get people so excited about it, and I think being at least okay-looking (or very charismatic either way) helps a lot. I'm more like Steve Jobs than Bill Gates. But I can sell stuff. I can make people excited. I make things for a living but I'm much better at selling things anyone has made.
Maybe I should change my vote to "looks' as a result. I'm not the best-looking guy but I can command hundreds or thousands on stage speaking in front of people, as well as get lots of laughs with small groups of friends. It'd be difficult for any of them to buy into anything I have to sell, or my accomplishments, without that... it's a difficult toss-up to me -- like "marketing" vs. "products".
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