Too often, New Year’s resolutions focus you on the wrong thing, on only the goal. So yes, you might use all that fresh-start energy of the new year to find a new job. But if you haven’t figured out the reasons behind where you are now, and more importantly what your purpose in life is, the chances are good you’ll find yourself a lipstick-on-a-pig new job.
It’s true, there are only a certain number of hours in a day. And, for every hour lawyers have, there
Think that if only you didn’t work for asshole lawyers, you would like your job? Well, maybe. But often the
Deciding to leave the law is not a decision to make lightly. There are personal, professional, and financial ramifications when
It is difficult to explain how and why I left my job as an attorney without first explaining how and
Lawyer misery is depriving us of a lot of talent and energy that would be much better used to improve
Ten years ago, when September 11 became September 11, I felt that deep, shared national longing to find meaning in
Here’s the really hard truth about laziness: It doesn’t exist. It’s a cover for scared. Shit scared to the point of paralysis, with a fat layer of “I’m OK, in fact I’m having fun!” deception slathered on top. It fools a lot of people.
Do you keep using lizard tools to find a new career? That’s what searching for jobs on legal job sites is. That’s what listening to legal recruiters is. That’s what worrying about what your salary might be is. Really, that’s what all your worry about lack is: lizard worry about logistics, about the plane ticket. Lizards don’t do hope and joy and meaning. But you can.
You know what a lot of resistance to getting an alternative legal career boils down to? The conditions are not ideal. That’s it, really. And our perfectionist, either/or thinking tells us to throw up our hands and give up because the conditions are not ideal. That’s a dodge.