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Whenever I’m dealing with something really hard and get to that point we’ve all been to where seriously think I can’t get past whatever the current brick wall may be, I ask myself, “What would Elle Woods do?” Seriously. I do this. All the time. She is a true model and handles challenges with class. I know, I know, she’s a romantic comedy character, not Mother Theresa. But trust me, Elle’s got it together.
1. She believes in herself.
Most importantly, Elle believes in what she is capable of. It sounds so simple, and even cliche, but believing in ourselves opens thousands of doors in places we'd never imagine. Elle has this figured out and because of that, she will stop at nothing to achieve her dreams.
2. She has a great sense of style.
Elle's sense of style, which fit perfectly in Southern California, sticks out like a sore thumb on the Harvard campus. As she comes to realize who she is and what she stands for, she refuses to change the way she dresses and instead incorporates her own style into her lawyerly attire. Fashion might not solve world hunger or save the world, but it's still a pretty awesome part of who Elle is.
3. She's trustworthy.
When Elle finds out Brooke Wyndham's alibi, she is sworn to secrecy. Instead of betraying Brooke to get ahead at her internship, she keeps her promise and wins the case without ever having to reveal Brooke's secret. She refuses to compromise her principles for a short-term selfish gain.
4. She plays to her strengths.
As she goes through law school, Elle realizes that she doesn't want to have to change who she is to succeed. She sticks out like a sore thumb among her classmates, but instead of beating herself up over her unique quirks, she flaunts them. She is proud of her character and brings her strengths to the table to help her become a better lawyer, pink resumes and all.
5. She handles bullies with grace.
When Elle is bullied by her law school classmates, she takes the high road and treats them with kindness, refusing to stoop to their level. She handles their cruelty by bettering her own life instead of striking back at them.
6. She's a great friend.
Elle values and respects the people in her life and will do anything to ensure their happiness.
7. She’s smart and she’s a friendly, positive person.
She’s smart and she’s a friendly, positive person. Lots of people who are very aware of their intelligence can sometimes be pretentious, nihilistic, condescending, and no fun at all to be around. But not Elle!
8. She won't let anyone tell her she's "not good enough."
When Elle first arrives at Harvard, she is underestimated by everyone she meets. She is told that she's not good enough to handle law school and not worthy of her ex-boyfriend Warner. Elle knows better than to let anyone make her feel inferior.
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