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Amazing Heights

The personal development industry will surpass $10 billion in 2018. Books and other self-help resources tend to be one-size-fits-all. You will be hard-pressed to find anything which addresses the unique challenges of one particular group: short guys. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 60 million adult males below average height, which is 5’10’’. Only in recent years have a select few in the men’s clothing industry identified the fact that one size does not fit everyone under 5’10’’. With this in mind, Amazing Heights is the first personal development book dedicated to the short guy fraternity.

Short men provide inspiration

In a nutshell, the brain is wired to interpret height as a proxy for social status – this includes health, wealth and power. Our brains are like computers, programmed with software to help us make quick decisions, known as heuristics in the world of psychology. Heuristics are valuable if you think about fight or flight situations when in survival mode. Pause too long and you may become lunch for a predator. This plays into Darwin’s survival of the fittest evolutionary theory.

As a result, taller men are perceived to be stronger and more powerful than shorter peers. All things being equal, this is why taller men tend to get the nod over those who are vertically challenged. As a member of the short/er guy fraternity, I’ll take the liberty (and potential heat) of using this polarizing term.

To further highlight the impact of height bias in online dating- a study by Duke University’s Dan Ariely looked at 50,000 interactions over two months and discovered that the likelihood that a man under 5’9” is contacted by a Manhattan or Bronx woman online is just 1.2 percent (based on my chapter in NYC, I can back these figures up). As previously mentioned, height and power are linked based on the brain’s internal wiring. Money, which can be viewed as a proxy for power, is also desirable when seeking a mate.

While height bias may have strong grips in certain areas of life and with some people, our heart and determination cannot be measured. If you’re looking for education, motivation, or strategies, think of this book as a tool to level the playing field, or at least, to better understand it. Content includes uplifting stories of fraternity members who’ve achieved amazing heights across a variety of professions, plus action items to power-up appearance, self-confidence and wellness.


“The best tip I could tell you is to be active. So many people talk about what they want to do and they just love words. Put actions behind your words. Don’t be a talker, be a doer.”

— Kevin Hart, Comedian (5’4″)

Author bio

Seth Ulinski is a native of New Hampshire and resides in Dover, NH. He graduated from Clemson University, South Carolina, with a B.A. in Spanish and International Trade (Viva los tigres!). While attending Clemson, Seth became a member of Pi Kappa Phi, a national social fraternity. At 5’7’’, he is also a member of the short guy fraternity.

Since he was a kid, Seth has been fascinated with sports. Seth played basketball, baseball, and football until a car accident in his sophomore year of high school. Multiple surgeries and a long recovery process gave him a stronger appreciation for seatbelts and good health. As an adult, Seth was diagnosed with rare autoimmune disorders, requiring thyroid and eye surgery. While educating himself on how to manage these life-altering events, Seth realized the value of self-care. Today, he’s grateful for these setbacks, drawing strength, courage, and wisdom from them as part of his wider self-improvement work.