As professional legend Abdullah the Butcher said, everyone needs a gimmick in life to go anywhere, earn money, get noticed, or “be somebody”. Here’s a brief list of professional wrestling gimmicks (I have the full list of around 650, but don’t have time) that you could use in real life (and you may already be using one without knowing it!!!):
Adult Film Star
Against the World
Big Friendly Big Man
Comedy Fat Guy
Comic Book Villain
Corrupt Authority Figure
Crazy Old Man
Daddy’s Little Girl
Full Blooded Italian
Grumpy Native American Chief
Middle Eastern Fanatic
Neurotic New Yorker
No Gimmick Needed Bas Ass (still a gimmick!)
Power and Paint (muscle guy with facepaint)
Rude Talk Show Host
Trailer Park Trash
You don’t even need a college degree to be a lawyer as long as you have a snappy suit, briefcase, and talk tough on a speaker phone!
Again, I had 650 wrestling gimmicks, but the above is a nice selection. Unlike personality type, which you don’t have a choice on picking, you can choose any gimmick you’d like. Don’t get worried if some people already see you as something- you can easily change gimmicks by changing your dress, hair, glasses, speech, attitude, and other superficial things. Heck, online you can just change identities and websites. You can also get online or mail order degrees now and you too can become a house appraiser.
Okay, all tongue-and-cheekness aside, there is a deeper meaning to this post. People perceive and label you to be a certain way, and you have consciously or subconsciously created your own personae (gimmick). The MEDIA likes to label people, so a preacher who says something like “Jesus had AIDS” will make international news because it doesn’t fit the worldview. The pastor who said that increased his visibility. Once you have the visibility, you can earn money. Senator Obama pitched himself as The Messiah, and won the election because of it. If he used the Texan gimmick, he would have lost. Simple as that. So what’s your gimmick?
This is not all about money, it’s about socializing with others in offices and dealing with clients, friends, and family. It’s about internet marketing, too. It’s about book tours. Not only don’t people know that they have distinct personality types, but they don’t understand the concept of gimmicks.
Again, there are many layers to this article, although you may think it’s a joke. I just don’t have to time go into it.
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