Who’s Harvey Specter, what’s ‘Suits’ and what we can learn from such a great mentor?
In life, almost all of us aspire to make something of our lives. We do attend school, but listen mindlessly to our teachers about whatever they believe is the best path, according to their understanding, for us to achieve success.
Most of the times, the teachers or facilitators thus encourage us to complete our studies up to graduate college, get a job in a big organization and eventually climb the corporate ladder.
Well, my friends, it’s 2015. It’s time we take life into our own hands. No need to listen to teachers who never made it, yet want to tell you how to become successful. Take lessons from those, both real and fictional, who have actually been successful in their respective fields.
A great mentor that we can all learn something from is the ‘Suits’ man, Harvey Specter. Harvey is a respected lawyer, known as ‘the best closer in New York City.’ As one of the main characters and partners in the law firm, Harvey proved to us that with certain talents, and an ability to think outside the box, you can achieve a lot of success. Here are the lessons we can learn from Harvey Specter.
- You will live a dull and boring life if you do not take risks.
- You’re never going to win big if you only look to minimize your losses.
- Playing by the rules will get you nowhere.
- Adjust your strategy based on observations of people’s emotional reactions to certain points.
- Your appearance is just as important as your talent.
- Keep your composure no matter how tough the situation is.
- There are times when being cocky is appropriate.
- Know your competition inside and out.
- Just because you’re a rookie doesn’t mean you have to think like one.
- Don’t announce the problem; fix it.
Let’s explain these headings in detail now:
1) Risk taking is a crucial factor in any person’s success. One’s ability to take calculated risks, coupled with a little bit of luck, can catapult anyone’s career from dull and boring,to eventful and exciting. Risks are a necessary part of life, and they bring a certain adrenaline rush to it. Of course, it is important that you understand the kind of risk you are taking because if you are blindly taking risks, without taking into consideration the consequences of your actions, you might be setting yourself up for disaster.
2) If you want to make something of yourself, you’re going to have to put yourself out there and go after it. You won’t become a great success by sitting back and letting things come to you. When an opportunity presents itself, there is no reason why you shouldn’t make the most of it. Don’t just try to break even or cut your losses. This mindset shows that you are weak, and it will eventually become a shackle that holds you back from achieving true greatness.
3) Social rules are enforced in order to regulate the flow of everyday actions we, as a society, take. At times these regulations may seem to hold us back more than they actually help us. It is important to understand that all rules are meant to be broken, especially when following the rules may prove to be a hindrance to achieving your goals.
Now, we’re not saying go crazy and break all the rules, but don’t be afraid to bend them if times call for you to do so. Just as you have thought about bending the rules, so has your competition. Don’t be the one left behind because you want to be a good Samaritan, while your competition is crushing you because they are cutting corners and getting the upper hand every chance they get.
4) One of the biggest problems people face in the business world is that they rely heavily on their logic when making decisions. While it is appropriate to make logical sense of situations at hand, it can also prove to be quite detrimental when it comes to certain deals. Although, logically it may not make sense to hire someone who passed the Bar Exam without going to law school, it is the ability to see that this person has potential and hiring them may be one of the best decisions you can make that will allow you to come out on top. People are very smart in the business world and many of them have great logic, but remember, logic will only take you so far. If you really want to be great, learn how to read people’s emotions because that will give you information that logic cannot.
5) The first thing people see when meeting you for the first time is the way you are dressed. Many may overlook this little detail; however, your appearance is crucial to your success. This is because the way you present yourself has a direct correlation to the way people perceive you. You want people to take you seriously from the moment they meet you, to the moment they sign the check. It makes it easier to earn your client’s trust, and eventually their business, if they feel that they can take you seriously.
6) They say pressure makes diamonds, but this is only true for those who don’t let the pressure of the situation get to them. No matter how difficult the situation is, it’s crucial that one digs deep within themselves to keep their composure. Keeping calm in stressful situations is the key factor that separates the strong from the weak.
No one cares about your situation. You were hired for a specific reason, and if you can’t produce results, know that there will be someone else out there in this competitive world willing to take on the task. Business is all about the bottom line, so if you are unable to produce, then it is best you look for another career.
7) If you are the best at what you do, and you’re not the only one that believes in this statement, then you have the right to be cocky. When others vouch for you as being the ‘best closer in New York City,’ then you can be cocky. Although some people are turned off by pompous personalities, there is nothing wrong with it if you can back it up. Some people actually prefer working with cocky individuals because it shows that they will stop at nothing to back up what they are saying.
8) When people believe in themselves, they begin to overlook certain tasks that will help them get an advantage. This means that they’re full of themselves, and in the long run, this will turn out to hurt them. No detail is too small, and no task is too menial, especially when it comes to your competition.
Life is a game of chess, and it is important to give yourself an advantage by staying a few steps ahead of the competition. Learn about your competitors and understand the moves they’ll be making before they do so. This is the only way you will be able to have the upper hand and eventually crush the competition when the time is right.
9) When entering a new industry, people usually feel intimidated by veterans just because they are new. Do not let your lack of experience hold you back. Learn from the best, and eventually, you will surpass them. Keep an open mind when it comes to being criticized. Although, we like to think we know it all, it is important to soak up as much information from those around you as possible. Just because you’re a rookie doesn’t mean you can’t have a creative mind and think like a veteran.
10) We live in such a fast-paced society, constrained by the hands of time. Time is never on our side, and deadlines always seem to come faster than expected. On the road to completing your projects prior to the due date, you will come across many problems. No one has time to listen to you complain about problems. You are in this position for a reason.
Your superiors felt that you were the best candidate to complete the task at hand, and this includes any problems that may occur during the project. It is important that you learn to fix the problems, instead of wasting your time explaining problems to your superiors.
Reference: Elite Daily