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.
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.
Attorneys often don’t want to hear what their body has to say, because it is telling them to completely revamp their lives. So they shut down their inner listening, and tell themselves they don’t feel anything.
This sickness doth infect The lifeblood of our enterprise. –Hotspur, in Henry IV, Part 1, act 4, sc. 1, l.