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Does Being A Geek Pay Off In The Long Run?

Submitted by on May 15, 2011 – 12:08 pmOne Comment
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If you look around the hip-hop scene today, we are definitely seeing the Revenge of the Nerds, particularly when it comes to fashion. Oversized glasses, skinny jeans, big sneakers, skinny ties, suspenders, etc. have all made the comeback as rappers and ballplayers are try to get their Urkel on. However, being a geek may pay off in more ways than just wardrobe.

Reporter Alexandra Robbins has written a new book entitled Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth and it’s all about how the mentality of geeks or nerds—who are often ostracized as kids and teenagers—works wonders for them when they enter the real world. Why is that? Geeks are more likely to be nonconformists, which typically leads to them being teased or outcast. Thinking outside the box, however, is a very valuable skill in the working world which has a tendency to pay dividends, leading to all sorts of innovation and creation. In fact, successful companies such as Yahoo and Google prioritize hiring new talent that is quirky and unconventional, so being a nerd might help to push you atop the corporate ladder.

Robbins gives examples of celebrities who were teased as youngsters (which seems to be the case for many of the big names we know and love) from Steven Spielberg to Lady Gaga I guess I still kinda tease her, though.

As she digs deeper, she tackles school bullying, a trending topic on the national radar, as President Obama and several others have spoken out against it in an attempt to curtail the suicides and harrassment occurring within our schools. Our author notes that not only are children bullied and pressured into conformity, teachers are too. Apparently, the teacher’s lounge can be just as bad as the cafeteria as far as cliques and in-crowds go. If teachers are doing the exact same things they scold kids about, there’s no wonder bullying has become so bad.

However, as is the point of the book, all of the name-calling will pay off in the end.

“When you are in the popular crowd you are more likely to be conformist, you are more likely to hide aspects of your identity in order to fit into the crowd, you are more likely to be involved in relational aggression, you are more likely to have goals of social dominance rather than forming actual true friendships. You are more likely to let other people pressure you into doing things. None of those things is admirable or useful as adults.”

She also notes the nerds are generally “much more self-aware and honestly much braver than the popular students. They are sticking to being themselves in the environment that makes it most difficult to do so.”

Source: Yahoo
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