Yes, having a good image can help……okay, distinction can grab some attention……and reputation is quite important. Sadly, these kinds of things can be accomplished with a certain amount of smoke and mirrors……for awhile anyway. Without an anchor in reality (both in business and life), the stuff you try to hide begins to rear up its ugly head…sooner than later.
Nerds stay away from such devices as smoke-and-mirrors (allergies, perhaps?) or really trying to ‘look good.’
Embracing your inner nerd is a noble thing. Among other things, nerds are known for their
- Honesty – like Senator Edwards and Eliot Spitzer, the truth ALWAYS comes out. Lies don’t work in politics, business, nor life. Even though the slack-jawed professor is socially inept, he can at least hang his hat on being a straight up guy. And people trust truthful people…even when you make mistakes.
- Intelligence – it’s sad to think that there is actually research out there showing that some kids ‘dumb down’ at school to avoid being bullied. I can only imagine what junior high must’ve been like for Albert Einstein. I believe he accomplished as much as he did because he FULL-OUT embraced his inner-nerd.
- Passion – you’ve gotta have commitment, purpose and vision to embrace your inner nerd. This kind of fervor and zeal exists in Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Weird Al Yankovic and Steve Wozniak – all nerds. But, their zeal, focus and (yes) passion is what makes them memorable and well regarded.
Like Professor Frink, I’m sure every successful nerd is smart enough to take the time (and money) to brand and package their wares to ‘look good’ and sell. But without a willingness to put it all out there……and even fail – with honesty, intelligence and passion – you’re just another suit – very un-nerdy.
And just as useful.
What are you doing today to embrace your inner nerd? What’s keeping you from ‘professor frinking’ your way to some fresh ideas?