I want to write a few posts that focus on career success and life fulfillment. Over many years I studied and personally experienced my own definition of career success and life fulfillment. While each of you is unique, there are certain principles that apply to all of you. So, let’s get started.

Have you taken responsibility for your career success? You are responsible for creating the career and life you desire. Your firm is not responsible for your success. The partners for whom you work are not responsible for your success. You are.

Let’s discuss what that means. Here are some of the salient points:

  • You are the architect of your career. That means you have the chance to design the career you want.
  • Focus on opportunities and solutions not problems and obstacles. You will tend to get more enjoyment by aiming at something rather than aiming away from something.
  • Develop a plan for your career by focusing on what you want to be in the future. Stephen Covey says: “begin with the end in mind.” I agree with the premise.
  • Execute your plan and stay on track. Do not be one of those lawyers who quits when instant results are not achieved.
  • Discover what you need to do to achieve your goals and have the discipline to do them. Create a system to hold yourself accountable. It might be a journal. It might be working with a colleague who will be like a fitness partner.
  • Define your personal and professional roles (husband/wife, father/mother, productive attorney, developing attorney, etc.). Stephen Covey discusses planning each week around your roles.

More on how to do this in a later post.