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.
A lot of resistance to change in the legal profession is born not out of a fear of the unknown, or even out of skepticism regarding change, but rather out of a certain brand of laziness peculiar to lawyers. Change requires that we actually do something about the things that are broken. And we all know what’s broken.
The legal world, well, let’s just say it feels a bit like we are still watching old movies on a VCR while everyone else is tuning into the hot new shows on Netflix. Despite the changes in the business world, we continue to fight tooth and nail to stay the same.
There was a recent posting on Above The Law discussing Benjamin Barton’s new book, Glass Half Full: The Decline And Rebirth of The American Legal Profession . The highlight and discussion catalyst was the chart that compares what a solo earns to what a Big Partner earns. It’s pretty dramatic. Let’s find out the truth.