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Lawyers: Is It Time To Quit Law?

quittingYou 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.

Don’t reinvent the wheel! Discover the mentorship, systems and support New Law Business Model gives lawyers so their practices can thrive and they can love being a lawyer again. 

About the Contributor
Craig Allan
Craig Allan is co-founder and President of New Law Business Model. He has over 11 years experience building marketing-based businesses with integrated online systems. Craig believes that family is the most important unit of society and feels lawyers have a unique responsibility to positively impact families, communities and future generations.

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  1. Steven Wroe
    June 9, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I have been working for many years with a Costa Rican law firm, handling United States and other foreign clients with investments in Costa Rican real estate. I don’t know whether this business is adaptable to your package-styled system, nor do I know whether it would be profitable for me to incorporate an estate planning income stream at this point.

    I follow your webinars and email campaigns (and those of other service providers) because I would like to think there is a better way (than the time-based approach we are using) to reduce the administrative load and streamline our management system.

    Again, I am acutely aware that your system — good as it doubtless is — was not designed for a practice such as mine; I have to assume that it would have to be adapted page-by-page for our niche, and I fear that such a job would be labor intensive to say the very least. Your emails and webinars do not reveal very much about the actual content, the nuts and bolts, of your system.

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