Business lessons are hard to get unless you have a mentor. On the other hand, you can get them from books, shows, films. And as always, I am very late to the party of watching Suits. Yet, it’s a fact that feme power-hungry Jessica Pearson got to me. Tbh, a lot of people said we’re alike. And of course, you have my professors saying I’m doing a parasocial identification with a fictional character. But what the hell.
Completely captivated by her power, managing skills and lessons, I decided to google business lessons from Jessica Pearson. Guess what I found? Just 2 of her quotes and everything else was fashion. No breakdown of the business lessons you can learn from her.
I got angry, I got really, really angry. Apparently, women are only worth as fashionable objects, as mere looks. It pissed me off so much. I decided to write about the business lessons any woman can learn from Jessica Pearson.
Because women are NOT JUST ABOUT FASHION. WE ARE SMART AND PRETTY. Not one or the other. We are both and women, even fictional, (though if you’ve studied media for 4 years, you will learn that we see fictional characters as role models for real life) SHOULD BE PRESENTED IN BOTH MANNERS.
Anyways, rant over, here is what you can learn from Jessica freaking Pearson.
1. When you’re in a fight with someone, you give the biggest piece of business to the one who’s pissed the most. – In case of Suits, that is Louis Litt 9 times out of 10. In reality, you need to predict who is the person that you cannot convince. You need to give them something big so they forget why they are upset with you.
2. Sometimes you need to lose, to prove you’re part of the team – Harvey Spector, the stud and protagonist of Suits is a rather arrogant and even selfish man. Looking out for his interests, he’d never lose. That’s his forte and his biggest weakness. So, when the whole world turns on him, that’s Jessica’s advice. If you have big aspirations and you want to manage people and be ahead of everyone else, that means you will need to be a team player.
Even if you are the CEO or the head of your department, that means that sometimes you need to see the “WE” instead of the “I”. Only that way you will protect yourself from people trying to take over your job and showcasing that you know how to place nice, which is a necessity.
3. “Thanks for making me sick to my stomach. I would’ve never worked hard enough if it didn’t”. Suits loudly tackles stereotypes. Or that’s something the show wants you to think. Again as a bachelor in Media, I disagree. Yet, it’s a fact Jessica’s past is one way to tackle race in Suits.
Namely, she was hired by a bunch of white men to fulfill the diversity quota. Instead, she brings them down by orchestrating a coup. Shortly after, this is what she says to her old boss. Truth is, success is a thorny way. Filled with moments where you want to give up. So, find your reason why. It’s gonna be essential to your success and make you work hard when you feel like giving up.
4. “You don’t make life changing decisions when you’re reeling from a loss” – this goes for everyone. Even if you can control your emotions, when you’re dealing with something big, it’s healthy and natural to take some time off. Chances are, if you don’t, you will probably do more damage than good.
5. ” First thing you do when you get in trouble, admit what got you there” – Us people are so used to blaming others for our fall outs, but if we take Jessica Pearson’s advice, we might get further in the game. Pinning blame on someone else means you’re not mature enough to realize that you make mistakes and realizing you made one, means you have the responsibility to fix it.
6. “When you want to take an opportunity that makes you seem weak, intimidate your opponent first. – this is not explicitly said, but in a situation where Rachel is in Law School, having a debate in a subject with a colleague, that uses personal issues like Rachel’s fiance being in jail for fraud, just to throw her off her game, seen by the professor, Rachel is offered to work on a specific case alongside her professor, but finds out it’s only to avoid the debate.
She wants to take the case, but doesn’t want to seem weak, so she goes to Jessica for guidance. Next time on the debate, before agreeing to take the case, she brings out a personal thing for her opponent in a written manner and forces her out of the competition. Then she takes the case.
6. And finally: “When you work with tigers, once in a while they will take a swap at you. “ – be prepared that a shitstorm is coming. If you are working alongside ambitious people, there is going to be a situation where they choose themselves over you. Be prepared.
This is basically just a part of what, the genius leader of the wolf-pack, miss Jessica Pearson, has said throughout the seasons of Suits.
I think it’s incredibly important to remind women that they are not just pretty and in cute outfits. They are smart, they are kind and they are powerful AF. That does not make us less feminine or looking less spectacular, but it means that we are not just bodies and looks. We are both brains and beauty. Just as we see women-politicians discussed mostly for their outfits and not their politics, which is a mistake.
Anyways, if you like this post and you wanna see more business articles or anything like this, let me know in the comments or on my social media. Be sure to share this with women you regard as powerful in your life and with the men who can learn from powerful women. And finally, don’t be scared to unleash your full potential. That’s what we do in the big game.