Being a “good lawyer” requires more than the ability to get the facts, apply the applicable law, analyze and advocate for your client’s position.
Fear of failure was my primary motivator in life – I went to college then law school because I had to be “successful.” In reality though, being driven from this place of fear of failure is damaging to your sense of self because we all fail – at some point in our life.
Maintaining humanity requires that I live consistent with my values, and one of the values I hold most dear is kindness. I do not believe you have to be unkind or cruel to win.
Breathe as if you’re sitting on the beach, by a river or wherever you want to be.