When I was a young lawyer I subscribed to two publications I found very valuable. The first was “Success” magazine and the second was “The Practical Lawyer.” I subscribed to “Success” because I wanted to gain insights from successful people and I subscribed to “The Practical Lawyer” because I wanted practical ideas I could implement to become more successful.

Fast forward to 2009. I am now writing a Practical Success column for “The Practical Lawyer” and I am back subscribing to “Success.” If you want ideas you can actually implement, I urge you to consider subscribing to both publications.

This morning I was reading “Each Success is the Beginning of the Next One,” an article in “Success” by Donald Trump. The subheading of the article is “Confront your fears and achieve more.” I like the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote in the article: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

Donald Trump ends the article with these questions I believe you would find valuable answering:

  • What lies behind you? (What is your life experience and legal career experience up to this point?)
  • What lies before you? (What are your career and life goals, plans and aspirations?)
  • What lies within you? (Do you have the burning desire to achieve what is important to you?)