I never met a lawyer who went through his or her career with smooth sailing all the way. I certainly wasn’t one of those lawyers. I lost trials I thought I should have won. I lost my biggest client twice. When those losses occurred it was hard to pick myself up, put on my suit
What does discovering your values have to do with becoming a successful lawyer?
Simply stated, you can be successful outwardly without focusing on your values, but you cannot be inwardly fulfilled without focusing on your values.
The key is to dig deep and discover what matters most to you. Doing so will enable you to…
I posted this a few years ago and decided associates who didn’t have a chance to read it then might find it valuable. And, if this is your first year with a law firm, make sure to click on my Practical Lawyer article Forty Important Things I wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was…
- When did you decide you wanted to become a lawyer?
- Why are you practicing law now?
- What do you really want in your life and your career?
- What are you willing to invest or give up to achieve what you want?
I wrote last week about developing skills and linked to a Seth Godin post on the subject. So, now you might ask what skills are most important.
Most lawyers aren’t very good at it. I wasn’t very good at it. I tried to get better, but I still had a long way to go.
I recently read a Seth Godin blog: Should schools reward skills or talent?
As you may remember, I have written about this subject many times over the last fifteen years, including a Practical Lawyer article titled: Rainmaking: Talent Is Overrated.
I’ve written about the two summer associates who worked for me one summer.
I recently read a Christian Science article: How coronavirus will change the US, from where we live to the way we connect. Here is the main points of change:
- Life moves online
- Another urban flight?
- Not all heroes wear camo
- Valuing real connection
Recently I also read a Dallas Morning News article, Collin County…
I recently scanned: Pay Cuts, Layoffs, and More: How Law Firms Are Managing the Pandemic I confess I did not study what each firm mentioned had done, but of the firms I did review, none of them had been adding lawyers to its payroll since the pandemic.
I also reviewed: Law Firm Updates: COVID-19’s Impact…
I loved coaching senior associates. Why? Most of the associates I coached were eager to learn and open to coaching. Most of them are now rainmakers or firm leaders.
Some of you reading this today are among the most successful associates I coached. You stood out from the crowd and I could tell you were…
Can you honestly say you are getting the most out of your day?
I ask the question because working from home in 2020 is far more difficult than working in an office in 2005 when I gave up my law practice to coach lawyers. It is significantly more difficult than when I started a long…