I watched a lot of Law & Order growing up. My family immigrated to the U.S. in 1988 (the same year that Korea last hosted the Olympics). I was 10 years old and didn’t speak a word of English. Neither did anyone else in my family.
Mindfulness practice is hugely important and beneficial for learning to be comfortable with uncertainty. By definition, being mindful means being in the present moment and catching ourselves when playing the 1,001 ways in which this thing can go wrong game.
The one theme I see that comes up repeatedly with lawyers is unhappiness and discontentment. I often hear lawyers say, “I’m so unhappy at my
That yearning for something different whether you choose to act on it or not deserves to be heard. It deserves a place in your heart and mind. It deserves a place in your psyche.
Not checking my Inbox first thing in the morning allows me to set my priorities, rather than allowing others to set the agenda for the day.
Contrary to popular beliefs, lawyers aren’t robots. We’re humans with feelings, emotions, and limitations. (I know. This may be shocking to some of you.)
Make no mistake about it. Once you decide to take the path less traveled, you’ll be shining a spotlight for those who chose to maintain their status quo. You’ll meet resistance. You’ll meet negativity. This is the reason that you must be your own best friend.
If you hate your Biglaw (or even not-so-big law firm job), here is a how to guide for Escaping Your Biglaw Job. Please note that escaping any job, especially one that you probably spent many years striving to get to, is not a linear process. It’s a journey.
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.