Take a moment and consider the following:
1. What drives me?
2. What is my purpose for being a lawyer?
3. What is my purpose in life?
4. Am I happy?
5. Why did I go to law school?
6. Am I making a difference in the world?
These can be hard questions to look at….especially in times of economic hardship. You may feel driven on pure survival. And you may find yourself enduring gruesome hours and complete misery all in the name of making money.
You may even be compromising your time and sanity by taking legal work that you don’t WANT or LIKE to do-just to get by.
Ultimately though, these actions don’t lead to more money. They lead to burnout, bitterness, depression, addictions and in extreme cases, suicide (which is sadly on the rise for lawyers these days).
There comes a point at which if you’re going to succeed in the business of law….and in the business of life, you need to get very clear on what drives you, why you wanted to practice law in the first place and whether you are really living the life you want.
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