Chris Bundas –
The season 4 premiere of Suits aired last Wednesday with a whole new twist: Harvey and Mike are now on opposing sides. Don’t worry if you haven’t watched it yet, I won’t give any other spoilers. This piece isn’t a critique or an opinion on the show; rather, it’s about the f#^king bad-a$$ that is Harvey Specter.
For those who don’t know, Harvey Specter (portrayed by Gabriel Macht) is a corporate lawyer and senior partner at Pearson Specter, a fictional law firm based in Manhattan. The USA Network show ‘Suits,’ (which airs on Bravo in Canada,) is not only entertaining and smart, it’s also a how-to manual for success in business and life.
I will admit that Suits is one of my favourite shows and that I try to follow Harvey’s example in my appearance, outlook on life and the way I carry myself in the office. Harvey is the epitome of cool; a modern day James Dean for the business world. He likes his $6,000 Tom Ford suits, he loves pretty women and fast cars, but most of all, he loves winning. There’s a reason why Harvey is known as the best closer in New York, and that is just what we’re here to discuss. What is about Harvey Specter that makes him so God damn cool? What makes him so good at what he does? Is there anything we can actually take from this fictitious character and apply it to our own lives to make us ‘winners’ just like him?
Yes, yes there is! So before episode 2 airs this coming Wednesday at 9pm, here are 13 Things To Learn From Harvey Specter of Suits:
First Impression Are Everything
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Don’t Act Like A Rookie
We all start at the bottom and work our way up, but that doesn’t mean you can’t think big. If you act like a pro, soon enough, people will start to believe it, and soon enough, you’ll be one.
Always Be One Step Ahead
Know everything there is to know about your competition, and then some. You always want to have a better plan for every move your competitor makes. Nothing should surprise you.
Win Your Battles Without Fighting
Harvey prefers to win his cases outside of the courtroom because he knows going to court is expensive. The same thinking can be applied to anything in life; if there’s an option that allows you to win the fight without having to get bloody, take it.
Go big or go home! You have nothing to lose by failing, yet everything to gain if you succeed. If you never risk anything, are always playing it safe, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you will lead a mundane kind of life.
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When Someone Points A Gun At Your Head…
Harvey – “What are your choices when someone puts a gun to your head?
Mike – What are you talking about? You do what they say or they shoot you.
Harvey – WRONG. You take the gun, or you pull out a bigger one. Or, you call their bluff. Or, you do any one of a hundred and forty six other things.”
When a situation points the figurative ‘gun’ at your head, most will comply, but not Harvey. Harvey knows that there’s always another way, 149 other ways to be exact. ‘Winners’ don’t accept defeat, they keep thinking of a way to turn the ‘gun’ around and come out on top of the situation.
Play The Man, Not The Odds
If you’re using common sense or logic 100% of the time, you’ll always come up short, particularly in those ‘go big or go home situations.’ Anyone can crunch numbers to form the best plan of attack in a business module, but the wild card is, and will always be, human emotion. If you can appeal to a client or buyer’s emotions, you’ll always come out on top of the pile. After all, we are humans, not computers.
Learn How To Read People
Harvey likes to gamble when he’s not in the office: poker is his game of choice. Perhaps this is where he started learning how to read people? Who knows; but one thing we do know for sure is that he is damn good at doing it. People tell you exactly who they are the moment you meet them, if you pay attention to the signs they give away. It’s the little things they say and do, they’re posturing when certain topics of conversation come up, etc. that will allow you to figure out whom they are, and then be able to play the man. And that’s always better than playing the odds. Being able to predict someone’s next word or move will benefit you not only in business, but in getting what you want out of all aspects in life.
Plan Goals, Then Achieve Them, Then Plan More Goals
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It’s Okay To Bend The Rules
Harvey never breaks the rules of the law, but he always finds a way to bend them to produce the outcome he wants. Following the rules to the letter gets you nowhere. If you think your competition won’t go ‘outside of the box’ to get results, you’re misguided.
There’s Nothing Wrong With Being A Little Cocky
If you are that good at what you do, sure, you can brag about it sometimes. Just keep being that good!
Don’t Talk About The Problem, Fix It
The world of business doesn’t stop; neither does Harvey. When Harvey encounters a problem, he doesn’t waste time complaining about it to Jessica, (his boss,) he goes and finds a solution. That’s why he is as beloved as he is, someone the firm can always count on to deliver, and that’s what makes him the best damn closer in New York City. You should be doing the same. Fix the problem.
Don’t Wear A Skinny Tie To Work…
Mike isn’t even wearing one to the office anymore.