If you need something to binge-watch, I highly recommend “Suits”. For anyone hasn’t seen it, it’s a show about corporate lawyers, the cases they fight, the personal drama amongst them and professional ambitions that drive them. The main character is Harvey Specter (played by Gabriel Macht) a Harvard Law School educated bad-ass who always wins, walks with confidence and dresses to impress. To top it off, he’s super good looking and charming, with the occasional asshole move in his back pocket to get his way.
The premise of the show: Harvey Specter, a senior partner at a law firm in New York City, hire’s Mike, a college dropout with no law degree, as his junior assistant. Mike has a photographic memory and so knows everything about the law. Harvey finds out Mike isn’t a law school graduate, but loves his style and personality and so hires him anyway. What ensues is a crazy story with great characters and varied storylines that keep you interested and entertained for 8 seasons.
Watching the show, and watching this character specifically, makes me want to move back to New York City, buy a bunch of stilettos, revamp my wardrobe and be my own badass self working in the major leagues and cutting multi-million dollar deals.
What makes Harvey Specter so Great
There are plenty of other great characters in the show, all of whom have many of the same characteristics: Harvard Law Graduates; well dressed; ambitious, with goals to be made name partner or the firm’s managing partner. What sets Harvey Specter apart, though, in my mind, is his underlying personality. He’s not only fiercely loyal but does everything he can to keep his word; when he can’t keep it, he works hard to make up for it.
Even more, he knows exactly who he is, what he’s capable of and where his boundaries lie. And THAT I think is what lends him his confidence and makes him so inspirational.
Channel Your Inner Harvey
Bringing out your inner Harvey Specter is all about the following:
Finding your confidence
Confidence is not just believing in yourself. It’s KNOWING yourself. Knowing your values; knowing what you will and will not stand for–and then getting up and incorporating that into your life. If you know you’re living life in a way that’s true to you, nothing anyone says can affect you.
Align your actions with your values
So next time when you’re doubting yourself, or think you don’t deserve your promotion, or don’t belong, channel your inner Harvey Specter. Because if your actions are aligning with your values, then you’re already winning and everything else will fall into place.
Stand up for what you believe in
Sometimes you have to speak up and say what you think, no matter what anyone else thinks. Standing up for your beliefs, even it’s just in a normal conversation where you disagree with someone and say so, can contribute to your sense of self. If you know who you are, and are willing to stand for YOU, then there’s no stopping what you can do.
Recognizing that you are unique
As the photo above says, no one can do you or be you. Your goals may be the same as someone else’s, or you may do the same job as someone else, but your approach, your style, and your experiences are unique. What’s unique is irreplaceable.
We All Have an Inner Harvey
What limits us is how we think about ourselves, how we talk to ourselves, and how well we know ourselves.
So, figure out who you are, be nice to yourself, and don’t be afraid to show the world. We need all the uniqueness in this world that we can get.
Find your inner Harvey Specter and bring it out.
Be a Confident You.
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Sanjana is a physician anesthesiologist, avid traveler, and entrepreneur. She founded The Female Professional in order to give women a voice and a platform to express themselves. With her experiences as a physician, as a CEO of a startup, and as a writer, she understands the struggles and frustrations that women face. She also understands what it takes to move past those things and come out on top. Through this platform, Sanjana aims to empower women to be their best, authentic, selves, achieve work/life balance, and live life to the fullest.