Leaving the Law
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All Former Lawyers Are Bitter!

What right do we former lawyers have to be bitter and unhappy? I mean, when at least half of attorneys surveyed say they would not choose law again, obviously nothing is wrong with the structure and culture of the profession. It’s—‘DOH!— our bad personal choice to go to law school that is to blame.

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3 Unexpected Tips for Escaping Law

More fundamentally, lawyers (and many, many others) cling to certainty because then, they can delude themselves that they are safe. Or as Brené Brown says, certainly keeps us from feeling vulnerable. Lawyers in particular loathe vulnerability. They’ll do damn near anything to avoid that chest-tightening feeling.

The Summer Reading List for Miserable Lawyers Who Want to Change

Stuck in the office for the rest of your life? Time to create beach reading time for yourself, even if your only travel plans are to and from the office for the foreseeable future. If you really want to embrace the idea, put on your bathing suit and find an umbrella to sit under. At the very least, get a cold drink, stick a tacky paper umbrella in it, curl up on the couch, and put your nose into a book for a few hours.

How Much Is That Money Costing You, Unhappy Lawyer?

Working excessive extra hours to get that pile of money generally displaces two things: renewal and connection. In other words, the things that often give meaning to our lives, and that fuel our bodies and spirits, are sacrificed on the altar of money. That’s a pretty high cost.

80-Hour Weeks, Key to Lost Productivity and Living for Lawyers

So we have an entire profession that is showing up drunk to work and not performing anywhere near their potential as a result of working way more than 40 hours a week. If the intoxicating substance were alcohol or drugs, lawyers would be advising clients to either fire the intoxicated employee or send them to rehab. Instead, lawyers crack the whip on themselves. It’s nuts.