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 make the commitment and maintain the discipline you need to achieve your life and career purposes.
How can you discover your values?
Think about what you want others to say about you, including your family, best clients, colleagues, support staff, and adversaries.
How do you want to be remembered?
What qualities do you admire in others that you want to cultivate in yourself?
What brings meaning to your life?
If someone were to take something or someone away from you, what would you grieve for the most?
Think about the times when you’re in the zone. What do you do for its own sake?
Your answers will help you to determine what you value most in your life.
Sir Laurens van der Post, a naturalist and author, may have said it best:
There is nothing wrong in searching for happiness, but we use the term as if it were the ultimate in human striving. What gives far more comfort to the soul…is something greater than happiness or unhappiness and that is meaning. Meaning transfigures all.