Every one of us have our own dreams and want to make something out of our lives. We go to colleges and simply listen to those boring lectures about how we can achieve success in our life. Most of the time it is about getting a damn job in large companies, climb the corporate ladder and what more! Well my friends, it’s 2017. It’s time you take life into your own hands. Take inspiration from those, real or fictional, who have actually achieved success in their respective fields.
Forget Bob the Builder and Blues Clues. The most educational and inspiring TV show is Suits. The show has changed the perception of people towards lawyers from typical boring white collar stereotype to bad-ass billionaire businessmen. Yes, Harvey Specter is a freaking bad-ass – a man among men, never short of charm and confidence. Sometimes you do things because you can, and sometimes you do them because others can’t. Harvey Specter did both. The show reflects the ultimate taste of bromance, mentor-mentee (is this a thing?) relationship between senior partner Harvey Specter and degree-less Mike Ross. It has one of the best looking casts in TV show history (Rachel Zane, am I right?). She is now the girlfriend of Prince Harry. Well, let’s not go out of the topic.
The show is quite entertaining and thrilling, but there’s more to the show than just entertainment. An iconic fictional mentor that we can all learn something from is Harvey Specter from the TV series ‘Suits’. Why? Harvey has built his career and life around one thing: winning. Whether it’s inspiring witnesses, bullying CEOs, or charming the opposing counsel, Harvey will do anything to get the win. ‘What would Harvey do’ is a mantra worth keeping in mind. So, here are the five things we can learn from Harvey Specter & Suits.
Your appearance matters
“People respond to how you’re dressed; so like it or not this is what you have to do.” – Harvey Specter
There’s an old proverb ‘Don’t judge book by its cover’ but the people always have and always will judge others by their appearance. First impressions are everything and the way you present yourself to a prospective employer or client has everything to do with whether or not they choose you.
Sometimes, being cocky is okay
“I refuse to answer that on the grounds that I don’t want to.” – Harvey Specter
There are times when being cocky is appropriate. If you’re good at what you do, there’s no reason you can’t brag about it.
Play the man, not the odds
“I don’t play the odds. I play the man” – Harvey Specter
Harvey Specter wins almost all the times. Do you know why? Because he never depends on the odds. If you structure your life in a way that only uses logic, 99% of the time you’re going to come up short. Anybody can play the odds. Anybody can use logic to try and sell a product, land a client or create a business. It’s those who know how to adjust their strategies based on the emotional intelligence gathered from others will come up on top.
Following every single rule gets you nowhere
“When you’re backed against the wall, break the goddamn thing down” – Harvey Specter
Playing by the rules will get you nowhere. If you’re not willing to break the rules once in a while, you’re going to be at a huge disadvantage. Rules are man-made. Once you realize that someone, no smarter than you have made them, it opens up a world of possibility. Don’t break the law. But rules…well you can bend them to get what you want out of your life.
Master the art of reading people
“You read books? I read people” – Harvey Specter
Knowing how to read people is more important than knowing how to read a book. Harvey Specter plays poker on his off days. Maybe that’s how he learned to be so good at reading people.
Be a risk taker
“That’s the difference between you and me, you wanna lose small, I wanna win big.” – Harvey Specter
The 5% of the people who have the 95% of the world’s money took big risks in their life to achieve something big that’s what has made the difference. If you think not taking risk will help, then I ‘m sorry you need to pack up your bags. This is one of those glass half empty or glass half full kinda things. If you frame your mind in a way that always looks to minimize your losses, you’re never going to make it big in life.
Written By Kaushik