Wednesday, September 12, 2012
85. The y of x
Mark my words, x-factor is a 'reality' that exists all around in various manifestations. From an 'unknown quantity' to an 'inherent charisma', x-factor carries an air of ambition for a celebrity while it may remain a mystery for any mathematician. Abstract unquantifiable commodity it may be, x-factor is more relevant 'now' then when it may have been first 'invented'. Interestingly, we all have that sixth sense to spot the unknown but vital quality called x-factor in people. No wonder, for some Angelina Jolie has a x-factor whereas for others it may be Christiano Ronaldo.
Though it is rarely included in a job description, it does work during interviews as candidates who possess it survive early cuts during the culling process. In judging competitions, x-factor becomes a definite consideration in picking the `best' from the 'better'. What qualities determine x-factor are often unknown but human resource specialists can usually separate candidates with a certain x-factor from those who do not possess it. Like enigmatic dark matter, x-factor has been known to exist without any evidence of its actual existence.
Prescript 'x' with 'e' without missing anything on its phonetic expression and you get a more definite meaning of the word called 'ex', which unlike x-factor can easily 'mar' your life. Not sure, how? Try recalling any of the 'ex-factors' in your life - ex-wife, ex-husband, ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend, whose existence is not only certain but quantifiable too. Even if they are out of sight, they are rarely out of one's mind. While x-factor is surely something to live for and look forward to, ex-factor can easily suck life out of you without there being anything in it to look forward to.