Leaving the Law

Smart Lawyers, Dumb at Life, Part 1

Being smart in a culture that prizes the punch-list lifestyle can lead you, unwittingly, to living a life and making career choices based on fear. You choose stuff that you know you’re good at, which provides little room for growth. Problem is, you won’t stretch your boundaries and your sense of who you are by staying in your safe little box of intellectual prowess.

Magical Thinking and Your Legal Career

How do you distinguish between healthy optimism—the faith that good things will happen for you—and the crazy thinking of intermittent rewards? One way is to look at the payoff you’re pining for: Gamblers are in it for the adrenaline rush, and the money. Neither of these are long-term, sustainable values that fuel healthy personal growth. When you’re optimistic about something, for example focusing on creating a real change in your life connected with something you really value, the dynamic is totally different. Your thoughts circle around that vision, and create a positive energy that attracts things that help that vision become reality.

Career Goal-Setting: A Poison Pill for Lawyers?

Most of the time, goals aren’t set from the inside out. So we get lots of lawyers setting extrinsic goals and living to the outside, to the external, to those priorities and values not their own. It’s the ticket to a life of disconnection and discontent.