Life Lessons from “Legally Blonde”
“What, like it’s hard?”~Elle Woods
Have you ever heard of the saying, “Not all heroes wear capes”? How about, “Not all professionals wear black”? As last week marked the fifteenth anniversary of the household classic Legally Blonde, people around the nation could not help but celebrate the fictional accomplishments of the blonde, brilliant and beautiful Elle Woods. Elle defies social and workforce norms, and thus remains a role model for all professionals who are seen through superficial lenses. As we dwell on the fifteen years that have passed, let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember the important lessons Elle Woods taught us.
- “I worked so hard to get into Law School. I blew off Greek Week to study for the LSATs. I even hired a Coppola to direct my admissions video”– Picture your goals and work your hardest to get there. Elle knew exactly what she wanted, and knew the only way to get there was with hard work and positivity. Push away all outside factors in order to clear your road of any distractions that could hinder your successes.
- “Bend and Snap”– Confidence is key. Whatever Elle did, she did it with confidence. Whether it was in court or just getting her nails done, she embodied the poise of a real go-getter. She reminds us that you must always flaunt what you’ve got, figuratively and literally! Take pride in who you are and what you are capable of. And most importantly, make it known to everyone you encounter.
- “If I’m gonna be a partner in a law firm by the time I’m 30, I need a boyfriend who’s not such a complete bonehead”– Remind yourself of what you deserve. Elle’s initial reason for attending Law School was to win back her ex-boyfriend, Warner. Yet, after a compilation of several events, Elle finally realizes she is worth more than any label that he put on her. Don’t work to impress anyone but yourself. Once you figure out who you are and what you are capable of, you will realize that you can move farther and achieve more than what others expect of you.
- “If you’re going to let one stupid prick ruin your life…you’re not the girl I thought you were”-No matter what obstacles are standing in your way, never give up. Although this is a lesson given by Professor Stromwell, rather than Elle, it is the saying that essentially turns Elle’s life around. When Elle was about to drop out of Law School due to the actions of a professor leaving her feeling worthless, she is reminded that she should never let any person stop her from achieving her goals. Never let the presence or words of anyone else ruin your success. You are the only one who has the right to push your life toward any direction you want it to go.
- “You must always have faith in people. And, most importantly, you must always have faith in yourself”– Follow your instincts. Throughout each step of her life, Elle believed in herself and her great amounts of potential. She saw the good in every person she encountered, and in every situation she dealt with. She pushed herself through the doubts of others, and sometimes even herself, because she knew that she could achieve any goal she set out for herself. Believe in yourself and what you can achieve! This is the first step toward success. The respect and love you give yourself will lead to the respect and love from others.
Fifteen years…does anyone else feel old!? Now that we reflected on Elle’s experiences, it is time to reflect on your own. What have you been up to in the past fifteen years? Where did you think you would be by this time? Are you there? If not, how are you going to push yourself to get there? When answering these questions you must remember, no dream is too big, no end is too far, and no person is allowed to tell you any differently. Thank you Elle Woods for breaking down barriers in the workforce and for being the leader we all strive to be. You are a social and professional inspiration to all and will remain one for fifteen more years to come.