If we were all judged on our actual abilities and contributions to the great good there would be no Kardashians on anyone's television. The highest paid people on the planet would be teachers and scientist not game players and stage pretenders. But alas, such is not the case with mankind.

You may have wondered what did some people do to garner fame and fortune while you and I are clipping coupons and just hoping they say our name correctly at the coffee shop? I won't go so far as to say these three random items I am about to bring to your attention are the be all end all to making a name for yourself but they do play a part.

Your Name:  If your name doesn't offer an air of respect or sense of authority you might struggle mightily in capturing the allegiance of others. People want to follow a leader whose name they can say without chuckling.  We tend to follow leaders who have a moniker that suggests strength like Bolt Upright, Dash Riprock, or Dirk Steel.  On the other hand, would you be comfortable telling people you worked for someone whose name was Liza Lott, Elmer Fudd, or Lou Stoole? See, a good name can make all the difference in the world.

Your Face: Unless you're Dolly Parton it's the one part of your anatomy that will make an instant impression on every one you meet. How your face looks instantly conveys your unspoken charisma. Is your jaw square? Are your eyes sparkling? Is your nose smaller than a battleship? Oddly enough in white males a baby face can be a detriment to success. However in African American males a younger looking, softer face seems to convey more confidence.

How Popular You Were In High School: It seems that even the dark days of high school can still haunt you into your adult life. A recent survey asked people to name the three most popular kids in their high school class. Researchers then tracked down those individuals and compared their successes to the rest of the class. Believe it or not, the leaders, the class clowns, the student body presidents, were more likely to be making more money or have higher positions of authority than those who were just the rest of the class.

Perhaps the common denominator in all of these random springboards to success is confidence. A person who is confident in their name and their looks will most likely become a popular person in the shallow waters of high school society. That confidence tends to breed more confidence later in life. As far fetched as these concepts might seem on the surface when you search just a little bit deeper you can see why they're forecasting abilities might ring true.