What is the Best Way to Get to the Peak in Your Career?


A friend sent me a link to a fascinating New Yorker article titled: Personal Best: Top athletes and singers have coaches. Should you? written by surgeon, Atul Gawande. The article was aimed at surgeons, but many points also apply to lawyers. In the article, Gawande discusses when a person peaks in a given profession.

Even if you are not an athlete, you know that many athletes peak early in their life. It seems winners are getting younger all the time. Lexi Thompson won The Navistar LPGA Classic a couple of weeks ago to become the youngest golfer to win a tournament by almost two years. New York Times writer Karen Crouse wrote a great column about Lexi: Good Enough, Not Old Enough, for L.P.G.A.

Surgeons, on the other hand peak much later in their career. The doctor writer suggests it is at about 45 years old. He then states:

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