A lawyer I coach recently asked how I could possibly leave a secure, successful law practice in a large firm to go out on my own to coach, mentor, and help lawyers. i told her that Nancy had asked me the very same question when I told her in 2004 thatI planned to make the change.
It was a logical question for the lawyer and for Nancy given that my construction law practice was thriving, my clients were happy, my last trial resulted in a a great result. I loved practicing construction law and I loved my clients.
Simply put, I discovered when I worked with lawyers in my old law firm that helping those lawyers achieve success and fulfillment was the intersection of my passion and talent. It also fulfilled a need. I lawyers I worked with appreciated the help I gave them. Finally, it was a new challenge. Long ago I discovered that I easily got bored doing things I had done many times before. While my law practice energized me, and I loved working with my favorite clients, I was even more energized by my efforts to help young lawyers and I felt I was making a greater contribution.
What does my career change mean to you? I believe it is important to find your passion, talent and a client need. The lawyers I coach who are most successful have found that sweet spot. I saw a quote on Twitter this morning that brought the point home to me:
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you’ll be successful.” ~ Herman Cain