Years ago I was asked who had the greatest influence on my life. I first mentioned my dad. He taught me so many great lessons.

But, the writer wanted me to speak about a person outside my family. I chose Coach John Wooden. I chose him, not only because he was the greatest coach in

As you know, I posted a collection of my most read posts of the decade on Tuesday. Then I heard the debate whether we started a new decade yesterday or if we’ll start a new decade January 1, 2021. I guess it doesn’t make a lot of difference, but it is an interesting debate.

If

I hope you enjoy time with your family today. Have you ever spent Christmas away from your family? Nancy and I spent Christmas 1971 all by ourselves in sunny Southern California. It was the first time we had not been with our family in Lombard, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. I want to share that experience

I grew up in a Chicago suburb. One summer, my parents decided I should take the train to Richmond, Virginia to visit my grandparents who lived about 25 miles away in Chester.

I boarded the train in Chicago and changed trains in Cincinnati. In the early morning, I got up and left my seat. In

Those of you who are young lawyers will not even recognize what it took to become a successful lawyer back in the day. Under the old formula, you:

  1. Billed lots of hours
  2. Got a Martindale AV rating
  3. Worked for loyal institutional clients
  4. Did not make waves
  5. Were told not to worry about client development
  6.  Made

I have a secret to share: In private practice there is no such thing as work-life balance. Even if there were, pursuing work-life balance would be incredibly boring.

Instead of seeking work-life balance, you should instead be seeking a life that is based on your priorities. You should also keep in mind that your priorities

I am speaking tomorrow at a firm retreat. The title of my presentation is “Taking Your Career to the Next Level.”

I will begin by asking for a show of hands who in the audience reasonably believes he or she can triple the annual revenue he or she generates in three years. So you can