Great Lessons I Learned From My First Mentor


When I saw the first episode, it reminded me of my first day in private practice in Roanoke, Virginia. Harvey Specter, the mentor in the show, looks, dresses (wearing three piece suits), and in some cases acts like my first mentor. In that first episode, Harvey advises new associate, Mike Ross, how to dress like a lawyer. I laughed when I saw it because that was my first lesson in private practice.

When I arrived for my first day in July, 1976 I wore the only decent suit I owned. (I had spent four years in the USAF wearing a uniform). I can't remember if I owned a long sleeve dress shirt. I think I arrived at the office wearing a short sleeve dress shirt, short socks and loafers. My mentor (we never used that term at the time) pulled me aside for my lesson in dressing like a lawyer. He advised me in fairly strong terms

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