There are many ways to get ahead of the game in business - ruthlessness, determination, intelligence, creativity. However, it's pearly white teeth that will really give you the edge when it comes to closing a deal or getting a new job. You might have spent months honing your CV or paid out thousands of dollars to go on motivational business courses and, whilst they will stand you in good stead, if you haven't invested a couple of dollars in teeth whitening products, you might as well pack away your laptop and take the next train home - that job is not yours.
So, while you're busy preparing your next takeover bid, or prepping for a tough interview with the board of directors, take some time out to think about your teeth. You should be brushing more - not less - if you want to let the business world know who's boss, so set aside some extra time each day for brushing and flossing and using teeth whitening kits. All this extra effort will pay off in the end when you flash your smile across the boardroom table and learn that you've got the job or sealed the deal.
Let's face it: no one wants to do business with a person who can't be bothered to look after their teeth. What do stained, neglected teeth say about you? That's what your prospective employer or co-workers will be thinking. If you can't look after your own teeth, perhaps you don't look after your business interests very well either. Good dental hygiene only takes a few minutes a day so maybe you shirk your work duties as well, you're not organized or you just don't care how you come across to other people.If you keep getting turned down for jobs or important business deals when you've got all the right attributes, maybe it's time to stop looking at your resume and start looking in your mouth. Stand in front of the mirror and smile - if you shy away from what you see, then you know where the problem lies. This is what other people see when they meet you for the first time and it's not a great first impression. But don't worry; it's not too late to fix the problem. Pick up some good toothpaste, treat yourself to a new toothbrush and a teeth whitening kit and you can make a great start on creating a new smile.
Once your teeth have turned from dull and stained to polished ice white then you're ready to get on board the business train once more. You can lead workshops, deliver presentations and apply for high-paying jobs safe in the knowledge that your smile will now dazzle, not disgust. Before you know it, you'll be at the top of your game and all because of a few extra minutes each day spent looking after your teeth. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain. In fact, you'll wonder how it took you so long to spot the obvious reason for your failure to rise in the business world.