There are two new terms being used in this 21st century world which are making a big difference in their lives and the lives of others. Can learning them and implementing them make a huge difference in your solo/small firm practice? They really can!
It’s been five years since I started my solo practice. In that time, I’ve had many ups and downs. I’ve struggles at times – with depression, with stress and burnout, with financial troubles, and with staff turnover that got me labeled “The Hatchet” by a friend in the staffing industry. I’ve thought about packing it in a time or two, going back to work at a Big Law firm, but I never did.
You know what? I wouldn’t change any of it.
If you throw a hungry dog a steak, he’s going to eat it without even sniffing it first to see if it’s rotten. A well-fed dog is more discerning. This was my first reaction to the new Avvo’s Legal Services after I read a snapshot of this service on Bob Ambrogi’s Lawsites. You should really ask a lot of questions before you take a bite of this beef.
Everything in life is a choice. Everything. The choices aren’t always between two positives or one positive and a negative. They can be between two negatives but there is always choice in everything we do.
I recently posted the picture of this mug on our Facebook Page. It got the most views and shares of anything I have ever posted (more than 35,000 as of this date)…and it was organic views. This speaks volumes about what lawyers are feeling when it comes to those (potential) clients who come in to their office who have done some preliminary research on their legal matter and then challenge the value of paying a lawyer for her knowledge. How do you combat someone who feels they know what you know by virtue of Google?
As I close the year 2015 and reflect back on the progress I’ve made on Rezooming my career, I need to share with you a book I’ve read several times over these past 5 years that has made a huge impact on my journey. The book is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. It has 17 wonderful steps you can use as guideposts and suggestions to refocus your career.
Life is about perspective and everyday we have to remember to keep perspective. Oftentimes, we lose site of the bigger picture, our purpose in the grand scheme of things and we need to step back and take the 30,000 foot view. What should you be focusing on?
In the big scheme of things, I confess my rezooming office is a mess. I know where everything is. Yet my family walks by and scratches their collective head. This past January, I addressed the piles of paper in need of filing. I emptied out my office completely, putting everything in like/kind piles on my dining room table. I knew the organizational process would take time but clearly I would be done before I needed to use the table again. But is a messy office the sign of a brilliantly creative mind?
A few years back when Hurricane Irene hit we had two 80 foot trees uproot and come crashing down completely destroying our deck. While our home had just superficial damage the loss of the deck remained a very significant financial repair. We immediately called our neighbor because the previous year we had watched their builder construct a beautiful deck. He had a great reputation. But what happens when a great reputation isn’t followed up with great customer service?
When you spend enough time around lawyers, you learn that lawyers love to complain. Maybe that’s why a lawsuit is called a Complaint.
What complaint do we hear most often among unhappy lawyers who want a career change? Compensation is almost never the biggest issue. Or even working long hours. Find out what the biggest complaint actually is.