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10 lessons you can learn from Harvey Specter by watching SUITS

Are you a fan of watching TV Series..? Have you watched SUITS..?

For those who have watched SUITS, I believe they know very well who is Harvey Specter. But for those who don't  SUITS and don't even know Harvey, the I will tell you all about him.

Lets start with a brief introduction of what SUITS really is;

“Suits” is an American TV Drama, created by Aaron Korsch, that features a successful corporate lawyer named Harvey Specter and his degree-less associate Mike Ross. Harvey is known for his lavish lifestyle, winning mentality and corporate brilliance, which makes him a captivating protagonist for this story-line.

According to IMDB's Reviews, they described Suits as a compelling legal drama set in the heart of New York City at one of the city's most successful law firms. The story is centered around the firm's best lawyer, Harvey Spector (Gabriel Macht), an egotistical, uncompassionate, charmingly witty Harvard graduate who will do whatever it takes to win – "The best closer this city has ever seen".

I hope now you know what we are talking about.. Right..?

The idea here is the Lessons that Harvey specter teaches his audience and can be of useful in Life. There is a lot of things you can learn from SUITS, But for now, I have decided to summaries the 10 lessons job seekers can learn from Harvey Specter by watching SUITS

1. Appearances are important - Your dress is your Image

The Lesson here is to Understand that the way you look has a direct impact on the way others perceive you.

“People respond to how you dress; so like it or not this is what you have to do.” - Harvey 
In every episode of the show “Suits” Harvey Specter is always seen wearing a three-piece tailored suit.. Yes, they cost a lot, and one of the first things that Harvey instructed Mike to do is to get a suit from his tailor. The reason behind this is that Harvey understands that people will judge your personality based on your appearance.

Your appearance will reflect the image you have of yourself, which others in your surrounding will pick up.

This means that if you want to be taken seriously by either your Interviewer, co-workers, clients or customers you have to dress in a manner that conveys both trust and authority.

Hence, the physical facade of an individual can be a contributing factor to one’s success, because a solid appearance can boost your chances to succeed.

2. Always Be a risk taker

Be a risk taker – If you never take any chances, I guarantee you will have a dull, boring and shitty life.

Try to take risk and do things without fear, as a job seeker who is looking for a job don't wait until you here jobs advertised on job boards or newspapers.. be different, try to be a risk take and face the companies direct and ask for an opportunity if available.

Your courage can land you a job if you try to take risk and look for an opportunity.

3. Set up your Goals

“I don’t have dreams, I have goals.”
Harvey Specter recognises the key difference between dreams and goals in that dreams are imaginary, whereas goals are reality.

Obtaining goals requires actions and setting time limits to realise them. Dreams are thoughts in your head, which can go on forever without ever coming close to becoming reality.

It is important to have big dreams, but one has to make sure that the goals are just as big, as ultimately dreams will never come true, but goals can.

so set up your Goals, your job search should be guided by goals and that's how you will land a job.

4. Dont Lie

“Lying to me doesn’t protect me. It betrays me.”

Choosing to be always truthful allows you to gain the trust of others, upon which a stronger relationship can be built. In addition, someone that tells the truth will find it much easier to find other people that tell the truth in response. You might get away with a lie, but ultimately you will be in a worse situation.

Make sure your CV portrays the real you and not other wise.. some people tend to lie on their CV but at the end its going to get them into trouble.. Tell the truth and the truth will get you a job. Employers wants people who are honest

5. Following every single rule gets you nowhere.

If you’re not willing to break the rules once in a while, you’re going to be at a huge disadvantage.  By following the rules every single time, you’re only letting your competition get ahead by being naive enough to believe that they will do the same.

6. Play the man, not 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, who will come up on top.

7. Be cool and keep your composure.

Be cool even in tough situations. Keeping your composure during difficult times allows others to have confidence in you.

8. Don’t waste time trying to explain the problem, fix it instead.

When you come across a problem, people appreciate it more when you spend your time wisely, trying to fix the problem rather than reporting the issues to someone else (like your boss). In the time constrained society that we live in today, every second counts and a second spent talking rather than doing is a second wasted.

9. Aim to win Big.

“That’s the difference between you and me: you wanna lose small, I wanna win big.”

When opportunity presents itself one has to take charge and utilise it to the best of your ability. The problem with maintaining a cautious attitude by trying to minimise your losses is that it can be regarded as a weakness trapping you in a position, where nothing changes. Taking calculated risks can be an important factor in obtaining huge personal rewards. However, one has to avoid taking risks that might doom you, which means that the right balance is key and sometimes a little bit of luck will not hurt.

10. First impression Matters

“First impressions last. You start behind the eight ball, you’ll never get in front.”

At the beginning of season 1, Mike Ross confronts Harvey Specter about his seemingly careless attitude at work by coming and leaving work at his own time. Harvey makes it clear that this freedom and respect is earned based upon his track record and his legendary performance in his first few weeks at the firm. It is important to know that in the early stages of one’s career every success is a building block to your future career path. A successful and memorable impression can build a strong foundation for you to continue, because people will know of your abilities and value for a company

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