Attorneys: Leave Your Jealous Mistress (Part A)

Most attorneys think the term "having it all" could never apply to them if that includes having a successful law practice and a happy family they actually get to spend time with at the end of the day.

As a young lawyer, I remember hearing that "law is a jealous mistress", and at the time it made perfect sense. I was spending most of my time in airports and while my wife and family complained about my being away, all I could think about was, this is the way it is supposed to be. In order to be a successful lawyer I had to devote my life to law. But I was actually missing the big picture.

It wasn't until years later that I got my big wake up call and realized that it didn't have to be this way. If all these other entrepreneurs out there were able to manage a successful business and spend time with their families, so could I. I just needed to figure out how they were doing it.

Questioning What it Means to "Be a Lawyer"

The first step in creating the kind of law practice that would allow you to live the life you want to live is to start believing that there are others ways of being a successful lawyer outside all the dribble we've been fed since law school.

Guess what? I'm a really successful lawyer that manages to make it home in time for dinner because I discovered that there are no rules. That "rule" that says a great lawyer has to live in their office and put everything else on the backburner isn't actually a rule. There are other (and better) ways of being a successful lawyer. 

Ask yourself this:
Are you a better lawyer when you are up to your neck in files and the phone is ringing off the hook or are you the best lawyer you can be when your life is a healthy balance of career, family, fitness, and the satisfaction of serving your client with a clear, focused mind?

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