You don’t have to love being a lawyer. There’s no requirement that you do.
In fact, there’s no requirement that you continue practicing law.
Think about that…
You’re smart. You can accomplish whatever you put your mind to. After all, you made it through law school, passed the bar and started practicing.
That’s worth celebrating. (I’m not joking.) Take a deep breath and congratulate yourself. You’re in an elite strata of society. You’re a do-er. You can do anything if you care enough.
This is your new Point A. Wherever you find yourself right now. Just put yourself on the proverbial map, and call this moment Point A. Anything is possible from here — 360 degrees of opportunity.
Point B is up to you. It’s not pre-determined. Nobody can decide your future but you. There are limitations, sure, but my sense is that anything you REALLY want is within reach for you. So I ask you…
Do you want to be a lawyer?
On a scale of 0-10… be honest. Do you really want to practice law?
If not, why not? Is there something else you feel would be an absolute 10 for you? What is it?
If you are on the fence, what would your law career need to look like to be a 10 for you?
Or even just to be a point or two higher than you find yourself right now…
What if you had clients you really derived a lot of satisfaction from working with?
What if you had a support staff who ran systems that put a steady stream of interested prospects in front of you each day, and then handled the follow up work after you did the creative part of lawyering for your clients?
If you had all those things, would you want to be a lawyer?
What if you had a law business model that really made your work pay off financially?
What if you had a mentor who has ‘been there, done that’ and can lead you through the pitfalls to prosperity?
And a community of like-minded lawyers who are starting from similar places, heading towards the same goal — the goal of building a law practice you love that loves you back?
Would this change your mood about being a lawyer?
I’m just curious. Because…Truthfully…
If not, you should consider throwing in the towel.
Really. Hear me out. If no amount of support, satisfaction and financial fulfilment will do it for you, then you’re better off starting over in a career or entrepreneurial endeavour you really feel the passion for. Just be sure the economics work in your favor. This isn’t a ra-ra speech about doing what you love and the money following.
Being in business takes work. And it sucks when the odds are stacked against you. Like walking up a muddy hill in a gusty thunderstorm.
I believe that with the right business systems in place, and a profit model that actually works for you (whatever your needs), all that would then be required is the technical ability to deliver on your promises and a burning desire to succeed.
If you’ve got the passion, you can learn or invest in the rest.
But as a champion of efficiency, my recommendation is you don’t reinvent the wheel. There’s really no need when there is so much great information out there, and so many wonderfully qualified people doing what you want to do, and getting what you want to get.
Instead, find a perfectly good wheel. Ideally a tested, proven wheel, and then get your hands on the blueprint. Garner support from those you know have built what you want to build, and those who are building it now with their help.
Then you can let yourself get swept along in the current. Make your law career a downhill ski slope instead of a muddy trudge uphill, against the wind and rain.
The wind and rain are just part of life.
“Don’t wish life were easier. Wish you were better.” ~Jim Rohn
There IS a way to get “better” quickly and it’s to pattern yourself after success. Don’t go it alone, and definitely don’t pattern yourself on the billable hour law model that’s been broken for decades. Find your mentors. Find your tribe. Find the ones who have what you want, and copy (or work with) them.