What does it take for a young lawyer to begin a successful career in 2016?

For many years I gave presentations to young lawyers at firms and bar meetings. If you want some of my ideas, here is my Prepare to Win Handout  I provided to those lawyers. In the handout you will find a blank version of this triangle to complete.

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As you will see you begin with your purpose: Why do you want to practice law.

Next you focus on your vision: What you want to become as a lawyer.

Next, you focus on your core values: What values  you want to live by.

Next, borrowing from Stephen Covey: What professional and personal roles you have in your life.

Next: What goals you want to achieve in your career.

Now you are ready to create your 2016 plan. Here is a 2016 Business Plan template.

When you complete the plan, break it down into 90 days: What you want to do in the next 90 days.

Break that down into the next week: What, When, How Long and put it in your calendar.


I recently went back and re-read my book Prepare to Win.

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I think you will find the ideas there valuable as well. You can get a hard copy from us for $15.95, or one for your Kindle for only $2.99.