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These 10 Amazing Things Will Happen If You Grow a Beard

These 10 Amazing Things Will Happen If You Grow a Beard

While plenty of men may be annoyed by rapid growth of their beards; there can be a lot of benefits of growing a beard. While the usual trend is to shave beards daily, some men prefer to grow it for some really logical and valid reasons. It can be a really tough job to maintain your beard; trimming to even-up the surface of the beard and avoiding dandruff and lice from invading it, can really be a headache. However, if you can maintain your beard, the benefits attainable are worth the growing and maintaining process.

Let’s take a look at some of these amazing benefits of having a beard.

1. You look manly

Beard is the symbol of masculinity because only men can grow it. Having a beard makes you look strong and bold, which are heavily linked with manhood.

Though beards can also make you seem angry and cruel, these ‘bad-man’ features still account for the manliness. Most strong male figures, be it from present time or ancient history, are known to have grown beards. Men even complain at times that after a clean-shave, they look childish and less masculine. So, if you want to look manly, growing a proper beard might just be your next step.

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2. You look sexier

As we already said, beard is the symbol of masculinity, so there is no doubt that it also accounts for a man’s sexiness. There are some women who prefer clean-shaved men over bearded ones, but there are also women who would kill for men with grown and well-maintained beards.

You can also try out different styles with your beard, and as style accounts for sexiness, proper beard-style is a great tool to attract women. Especially, if the woman you want to be with loves manly man, growing a beard can serve you well.

3. You look mature

Growing a beard makes you look mature, not only in terms of age, but also with the appearance of depth of your thoughts and understanding. It is a sort of a psychological thing that we see bearded men as mature; maybe it’s because we know that only fully-grown men can grow beard.

Speaking by age, having a beard and not having it can alter your age by up-to five or six years. One might say: why would I want to seem older than how I really am? But there are times when you just need that trick, like when you’re trying to impress people with your maturity.

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4. You can try out different facial hair-styles

As we mentioned earlier, beard is a distinct facial feature in male and people tend to relate style of beard with personality.

You can switch your facial hair-styles by trimming the beard, whether it be with an electric shaver or with a straight razor, or growing it in a new way such that you can impress people around you. Now, only having a mustache can also be a facial hair-style but having a beard offers you a much larger palette of styles.

5. You get philosopher looks

Having a beard not only makes you look mature but also portrays you as a wise person. Perhaps, people consider bearded men to be wise because they assume that they are so lost in their deep thoughts that they don’t even care to cut their beard. You can notice that famous figures in history like Confucius, Jesus, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx and Jim Morrison wore a beard. If you have a considerably long beard, it’s very likely that people will take you for an artist, a philosopher, a poet, a musician or a writer.

6. You can look like famous people

Beards are highly significant and descriptive feature of a man’s face. In fact, many famous men are known for the style and length of their beard. You can very easily look like famous folks by adapting their distinctive style of beard. From Charles Darwin to Che Guevara and Clark Gable to Hulk Hogan, beards have regularly been trademark of renowned personalities.

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It’s of no use if you want to look like a famous person with no beard, but if you want to look like a person who wears a beard, you really need to grow one.

7. You can portray yourself as a busy man

Everyone knows the fact that it takes considerably long time to grow a proper beard. If you usually cut your beard but suddenly grow it, your friends will most probably say, “Hey, were you busy or something? Seems like you didn’t get time to cut your beard.” Despite some people who might call you carefree, others might consider you busy and hard-working man.

So, if you want to appear to be a busy, diligent and work-loving person, growing your beard might be a very easy and realistic way to achieve that.

8. Your beard protects your face from sun rays

Beards when fully-grown cover a significant area of your face. It has been known that beard protects your face from the sun’s rays. It is very beneficial for your skin. Sun rays can cause leathery skin, wrinkles and even skin cancer in worst cases. According to researchers at University of Southern Queensland, beards can block up-to 95% of sun’s harmful UV rays.

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While there is a possibility of being left with uneven skin tone at the areas where beard can’t reach, the protection beard provides from chronic sun damage is worth growing it.

9. Your beard keeps your face warm

A beard, in fact, is just a segment of the body hair in mammals. Human race has considerably lost the amount of body hair in the course of evolution, but beard still remains prominent in human males.

The main function of body hair is to keep the body warm and since beard is just another part of body hair, it has the ability keep your face warm. Beard acts as an insulator and prevents heat from escaping the face. So, if you are looking for a face-blanket for this winter, start growing a beard.

10. You can even have an easy way to pass time

Many might find this idea really weird, but if you have a beard, you can kill time just by playing with it. Some people enjoy stroking their beard while thinking or when they’re bored. It can now become a part of your persona. If you are bored and have a long beard, you can even trim, wash or comb your beard to survive the boredom. While you spend time grooming your beard, you are escaping boredom and maintaining your beard at the same time.

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Last Updated on April 6, 2020

10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively

10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively

Most discussions on positively influencing others eventually touch on Dale Carnegie’s seminal work, How to Win Friends and Influence People. Written more than 83 years ago, the book touches on a core component of human interaction, building strong relationships. It is no wonder why.

Everything that we do hinges on our ability to connect with others and formulate deep relationships. You cannot sell a house, buy a house, advance in most careers, sell a product, pitch a story, teach a course, etc. without building healthy relationships. Managers get the best results from their teams, not through brute force, but to careful appeals to their sensibilities, occasional withdrawals from the reservoir of respect they’ve built. Using these tactics, they can influence others to excellence, to productivity, and to success.

Carnegie’s book is great. Of course, there are other resources too. Most of us have someone in our lives who positively influences us. The truth is positively influencing people is about centering the humanity of others. Chances are, you know someone who is really good at making others feel like stars. They can get you to do things that the average person cannot. Where the requests of others sound like fingernails on a chalkboard, the request from this special person sounds like music to your ears. You’re delighted to not only listen but also to oblige.

So how to influence people in a positive way? Read on for tips.

1. Be Authentic

To influence people in a positive way, be authentic. Rather than being a carbon copy of someone else’s version of authenticity, uncover what it is that makes you unique.

Discover your unique take on an issue and then live up to and honor that. Once of the reasons social media influencers are so powerful is that they have carved out a niche for themselves or taken a common issue and approached it from a novel or uncommon way. People instinctually appreciate people whose public persona matches their private values.

Contradictions bother us because we crave stability. When someone professes to be one way, but lives contrary to that profession, it signals that they are confused or untrustworthy and thereby, inauthentic. Neither of these combinations bode well for positively influencing others.

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2. Listen

Growing up, my father would tell me to listen to what others said. He told me if I listened carefully, I would know all I needed to know about a person’s character, desires and needs.

To positively influence others, you must listen to what is spoken and what is left unsaid. Therein lies the explanation for what people need in order to feel validated, supported and seen. If a person feels they are invisible, and unseen by their superiors, they are less likely to be positively influenced by that person.

Listening meets a person’s primary need of validation and acceptance.

Take a look at this guide on how to be a better listener: How to Practice Active Listening (A Step-By-Step Guide)

3. Become an Expert

Most people are predisposed to listen to, if not respect, authority. If you want to positively influence others, become an authority in the area in which you seek to lead others. Research and read everything you can about the given topic, and then look for opportunities to put your education into practice.

You can argue over opinions. You cannot argue, or it is unwise to argue, over facts and experts come with facts.

4. Lead with Story

From years of working in the public relations space, I know that personal narratives, testimonials and impact stories are incredibly powerful. But I never cease to be amazed with how effective a well-timed and told story can be.

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If you want to influence people, learn to tell stories. Your stories should be related to the issue or concept you are discussing. They should be an analogy or metaphor that explains your topic in ordinary terms and in vivid detail. To learn more about how to tell powerful stories, and the ethics of storytelling, take a look at this article: How To Tell An Interesting Story In 4 Simple Steps

5. Lead by Example

It is incredibly inspiring to watch passionate, talented people at work or play. One of the reasons a person who is not an athlete can be in awe of athletic prowess is because human nature appreciates the extraordinary. When we watch the Olympics, Olympic trials, gymnastic competitions, ice skating, and other competitive sports, we can recognize the effort of people who day in and day out give their all. C

ase in point: Simone Biles. The gymnast extraordinaire won her 6TH all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships after doing a triple double. She was the first woman to do so. Watching her gave me chills. Even non-gymnasts and non-competitive athletes can appreciate the talent required to pull off such a remarkable feat.

We celebrate remarkable accomplishments and believe that their example is proof that we too can accomplish something great, even if it isn’t qualifying for the Olympics. To influence people in a positive way, we must lead by example, lead with intention and execute with excellence.

6. Catch People Doing Good

A powerful way to influence people in a positive way is to catch people doing good. Instead of looking for problems, look for successes. Look for often overlooked, but critically important things that your peers, subordinates and managers do that make the work more effective and more enjoyable.

Once you catch people doing good, name and notice their contributions.

7. Be Effusive with Praise

It did not take me long to notice a remarkable trait of a former boss. He not only began and ended meetings with praise, but he peppered praise throughout the entire meeting. He found a way to celebrate the unique attributes and skills of his team members. He was able to quickly and accurately assess what people were doing well and then let them and their colleagues know.

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Meetings were not just an occasion to go through a “To Do” list, they were opportunities to celebrate accomplishments, no matter how small they are.

8. Be Kind Rather Than Right

I am going to level with you; this one is tough. It is easy to get caught up in a cycle of proving oneself. For people who lack confidence, or people who prioritize the opinions of others, being right is important. The validation that comes with being perceived as “right” feeds one’s ego. But in the quest to be “right,” we can hurt other people. Once we’ve hurt someone by being unkind, it is much harder to get them to listen to what we’re trying to influence them to do.

The antidote to influencing others via bullying is to prioritize kindness above rightness. You can be kind and still stand firm in your position. For instance, many people think that they need others to validate their experience. If a person does not see the situation you experienced in the way you see it, you get upset. But your experience is your experience.

If you and your friends go out to eat and you get food poisoning, you do not need your friends to agree that the food served at the restaurant was problematic for you. Your own experience of getting food poisoning is all the validation you need. Therefore, taking time to be right is essentially wasted and, if you were unkind in seeking validation for your food-poison experience, now you’ve really lost points.

9. Understand a Person’s Logical, Emotional and Cooperative Needs

The Center for Creative Leadership has argued that the best way to influence others is to appeal to their logical, emotional and cooperative needs. Their logical need is their rational and educational need. Their emotional need is the information that touches them in a deeply personal manner. The cooperative need is understanding the level of cooperation various individuals need and then appropriately offering it.

The trick with this system is to understand that different people need different things. For some people, a strong emotional appeal will outweigh logical explanations. For others, having an opportunity to collaborate will override emotional connection.

If you know your audience, you will know what they need in order to be positively influenced. If you have limited information about the people whom you are attempting to influence, you will be ineffective.

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10. Understand Your Lane

If you want to positively influence others, operate from your sphere of influence. Operate from your place of expertise. Leave everything else to others. Gone are the days when being a jack of all trades is celebrated.

Most people appreciate brands that understand their target audience and then deliver on what that audience wants. When you focus on what you are uniquely gifted and qualified to do, and then offer that gift to the people who need it, you are likely more effective. This effectiveness is attractive.

You cannot positively influence others if you are more preoccupied by what others do well versus what you do well.

Final Thoughts

Influencing people is about centering your humanity. If you want to influence others positively, focus on the way you communicate and improve the relationship with yourself first.

It’s hard to influence others if you’re still trying to figure out how to communicate with yourself.

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