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Success Secrets in Movies: Legally Blonde: Dreams Mature

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Spoiler alert for the movie Legally Blonde that stars Reese Witherspoon! I’ll keep it to a minimum but today’s post will give away some of what happens.

Elle, the Barbie-type character Reese Witherspoon plays, expects to be proposed to by Warner, her Ken-type boyfriend, but he dumps her instead saying that since he has been accepted to Harvard Law School, he needs a serious-minded, prudent girlfriend that would be an asset to him in his career.

At first, Elle is devastated but then gets the idea to go to Harvard Law School, too, to impress Warner and to win him back. She studies and works hard and is accepted.

She is on her way to becoming a lawyer so that she can impress Warner and win him back and to then accept a marriage proposal from him—and, presumably, live happily ever after.

When she arrives at Harvard, things aren’t at all like what she imagined or expected. She is very different from the typical Harvard Law School student and she meets with all sorts of obstacles and setbacks, including being ridiculed and treated dismissively. But she still has hope that if she tries hard enough, she’ll win back Warner.

After a particularly humiliating and painful experience, she realizes that in Warner’s eyes, she’ll never be good enough.

This causes her to do a little soul-searching and, through a series of events, ends up reformulating her goals and dreams. She commits to becoming an excellent attorney with character, integrity, and compassion for her clients. She ends up graduating at the top of her class, accepting a position at one of the most prestigious law firms in Boston, and becomes engaged to a man who truly loves her.

This journey is what successful people experience as they work toward their dreams. They start out with a dream but then as they move toward it, they have to tweak it and even rework it. This is because dreams need to deepen and mature. The dream then evolves into one that is the person’s true calling.

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Your homework today is to know that it’s a good thing if you have to tweak and rework your dreams, and your reasons for wanting to achieve them. You’ve probably discovered new information and you’ve probably grown and developed as an individual. It’s normal and natural then that your dreams will deepen and mature as well.

Follow the direction they’re leading you. Take it one step at a time. Break the steps into small pieces, little parts, and tiny bits. Then choose a bit and move forward!

You can do it!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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Success Secrets in Movies: Legally Blonde: Be Yourself

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The other day I watched the movie Legally Blonde starring Reese Witherspoon. I was amazed to see how many success secrets it contained! The one I want to talk about today is that by drawing on what makes you unique, you will be successful.

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen the movie, my discussion below may give away what happens in a portion of the movie.

Elle, Reese Witherspoon’s character, was a law intern working on a high profile murder case for her professor who was also a famous attorney who was leading the legal team defending the woman accused of the murder. As a result of certain events, the woman accused of the murder realized that the professor (the famous attorney) didn’t really believe she was innocent and really wasn’t giving her defense his all. In fact, it seemed as if the professor/attorney was going to fail to prove her innocence. The accused ends up firing the professor/attorney and selected Elle as her attorney, even though Elle was only a first year law student (there was another attorney as the assistant to the professor/attorney who agreed to supervise Elle and the judge approved the change).

It was very clear that Elle was in over her head, out of her element, and feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of the client’s life being in her hands. She was timid and floundered, repeated herself, and it was obvious she didn’t have a clue what she was doing. But, something one of the witnesses said clicked in Elle’s mind (Elle had and undergraduate degree in Fashion Merchandising and was passionate about beauty regiments and fashion) and Elle realize that the witness was lying. Instantly, she transformed into a strong and confident expert—a tiger! Elle then drew upon her specialized knowledge and her unique passions to prove that the accused was innocent and that the witness was the real killer.

To me, this illustrated the importance of being yourself and drawing upon your own unique knowledge, passions, abilities, and talents.

Even in situations where others who are more knowledgeable and more experienced may fail, you can be successful. As long as you stay true to yourself and tap into what makes you unique—what you know to be true, your vision, the whisperings of your heart and soul, your skills, talents, abilities—then you will achieve your dreams.

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Your homework today is to take the time to think about your specialized knowledge, what you’ve learned from Life, what lessons the School of Hard Knocks has taught you. Also think about your skills, abilities, and talents. For this assignment, note everything. There is nothing that’s too common or insignificant. It all counts and it all can be the light that can cut through the darkness and fog.

Go for it—make the list! You can do it!

Keep it handy so that you can remind yourself of how capable and competent you really are!

I’m so proud of you!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren