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3 Lessons for Young Attorneys from Pharrell's Hat

By Gabriella Khorasanee, JD | Last updated on

We are in the midst of the award show season, and the Fashion Police are out in full effect. If you watched the Grammy Awards last Sunday, then you probably couldn't help but notice tastemaker and renaissance man, Pharrell Williams' choice of headwear. If you didn't, then you missed the fashion statement of the year.

Yes we are still talking about this, but stick around, you might learn something.

Pharrell Williams' hat took on a life of its own, and within hours of the show, the hat had its own Twitter account, and the likes of Arby's and Quaker Oats were tweeting about it. Comparisons were made to Smokey the Bear, the Arby's logo, Canadian Mounties and Curious George's "The Man with the Yellow Hat", to name a few. The jokes and photoshop jobs inspired by this hat were by far, the best thing about this years' Grammy Awards.

As I see learning experiences just about everywhere, Pharrell Williams' hat inspired me to write the lessons that young attorneys could learn from -- yes, his hat.

Have a Sense of Humor

Being a lawyer can be very stressful, add on top of that billable hours requirements guidelines, and you've got the makings of an ulcer. Sometimes you need to let loose and relax, and if you are on the verge of laughing or crying, go with laughing. You'll feel so much better. In fact, next time you need a de-stressing break, just Google "Pharrell Williams' hat."

Dress Professionally

Ok, Pharrell can wear whatever he wants because that pretty much sums up the "music biz dress code." You too, should follow your industry dress code and dress professionally. If you don't know what that means, here are some signs that you dress unprofessionally.

Be Bold in Your Assertions

Now is not the time for half-steppin'. You have to give Pharrell credit, he was fully committed to wearing that hat. You too, should be committed to your arguments. To write and argue persuasively you must be bold in your assertions.

You can learn from just about anyone (or anything). You just need to leave yourself open to it. The most important lesson here though is please, don't ever wear a hat like Pharrell's to the office -- even if Vivienne Westwood designed it and it has a historical meaning.

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