In my 38 years practicing law, and 11 years coaching lawyers, I’ve been around incredibly smart lawyers. You know that type of lawyer. They finished near the top of their law school class without even trying.
Years ago, my last law firm was hiring law students who were in the Top 10% of their class. If a lawyer was in the 11 or 12 % of his or her class, he or she didn’t get an interview.
I railed against being so focused on class rank. Finally, our head of HR came to me and asked:
What are you looking for when you hire an associate?
If you are a long time reader, you may remember my response:
Recently I read a short piece by Michael Pietrzak from Success Magazine. The title hit home with me: How to Develop an Insatiable Hunger. Without looking at the article, how do you suppose you can develop an insatiable hunger?
Now look at the five tips. For me they are right on target. It begins with having clarity on what you want to achieve.
Going all the way back to when I was a kid playing sports, I set some kind of clear goal and visualized achieving it. I also knew why I wanted whatever it was.
I invite you to check out the other four suggestions.