Originally Posted by TiesNecktie
Hmmm, I think there is also a good argument that driving a nice car does make you more successful.
Here are two examples:
Imagine you work in Real Estate and drive around clients. I bet driving a nice car (like a new 5 series for example) will make you look more successful and accomplished. I bet that if you took two agents that have the same exact skill set, and one of them drives a newer BMW while the other drives a 10 year old Honda, that the one with the nicer car will get the first sale. Would you agree?
Here is another example: you pick up a girl you met for a first date...
If the 5 series driving guy sells houses in Flint, MI while the Honda driving agent sells cars in Newport Beach, CA, I would think the annual revenue would be different. Also, what is the correlation between the first sale to "more successful" because the 5 series driving agent may only have 1 (albeit the first) sale but the Honda driving agent may have 5 but not until later?
I think an interesting question is how do individuals in cultures where ties are not commonly worn associate success? Maybe it's not just a tie but the appearance? How do individuals in Western cultures (e.g., those that wear ties) associate success with individuals in cultures that do not wear ties?