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Man to Man Episode #5: Will Having a Beard Hurt Me Professionally?

After a two month hiatus taking care of a newborn and writing a book, I’m back with another episode of Man to Man. This week’s question comes from Cornel. He writes:

Does facial hair impact whether or not you have success in business?

I am a 26 year old African-American male and I notice that successful business men are mostly all clean shaven. I am currently in outside sales and was clean shaven for most of 2010. The only facial hair I had was some chin hair. I am looking to grow my full beard back in 2011, but I did not want that to impact my personal brand/style/ and potential earnings as I try to start my own business next year.

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What Do You Think?

Alright, it’s your turn. Have any of you bearded or mustached men out there had problems professionally because of your whiskers? Any tips or advice for Cornel?

Please keep your comments uplifting and edifying. I want Man to Man to be an edifying forum where men can feel safe asking and answering these questions.

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