The Gilmore Project

Lessons learned from The Gilmore Girls.

Paris’ Guide to Staying Ahead

Paris Gellar is one intimidating girl.  However, she is ambitious and, very much like Rory, she knows what she wants.  And while it may not be a great idea to be as aggressive as she comes off, there are a lot of great tips that can be applied throughout your life.

Know Your Competition

“Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” – The Godfather

In life, there are inevitably going to be challengers in everything you do.  You may be trying to score the highest grade on an exam, trying to win a scholarship, competing for a job offer or promotion, or trying to lead a project.  These people aren’t necessarily your enemies; in most cases they aren’t out to get you personally.  It’s just the business of life.  The more you know about these people, and even those who succeeded in your task before you, the more you can understand how to tailor your own approach to the problem.  Most of all, you can learn from them if you keep your mind open to it.

For example: when Paris first encounters Rory she steals her file so she can learn about the newcomer.  She finds out that Rory has a lot of recommendations (so she is well-liked) and that Rory too has an intention to pursue a journalism career.  Had Paris been a little less aggressive at the start she might have thought to foster better relationships with the faculty or work a little harder on her aspirations to be editor of the Franklin.  She could also have researched the prior editor to see what it took to get the position.  Even more so, had she gotten to know Rory better at the start she might have not underestimated her capabilities and thus saved herself some of her internal embarrassment.

As for Paris herself, stealing files is not the way to go.  Nor is purposefully intimidating people so that they don’t challenge you.  It is often better to focus on your own work and not divert your energy towards terrorizing others.  And while it is good to learn more about your competition, do not make someone believe you’re their friend just to get ahead of them.  It won’t do either of you any good in the long run.

So, to sum it all up: learn what makes your competition a challenge, learn from people who have succeeded before you, and take steps to enhance your own skill set.

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