160+ on the LSAT. Law school acceptance letter. That AmJur in Con Law. OCI summer job. Finishing top 15%. Passing the bar. Job offer. Nice salary.
More or less, what you wished for, what you thought about, what you envisioned and what you have worked for since applying to law school has materialized.
And, what you wish for now, what you think about now, what you envision now, what you work for now, will come about as well.
Wish, think, envision and work wisely.
If you are still in the law, and unhappy doing so, you may need to modify the questions you regularly ask yourself.
How can I grow my book of business? Which partner can I better align with? How can I increase my billables? You may find answers to these questions, but they will be superficial to your goal of happiness. You may find answers, but they will only keep you lockstep in the belief that remaining in the law is your only choice.
Alternatively, ask questions for which you may have no immediate answer (What am I really good at?). Ask questions that others may find corny or a waste of time (When do I feel I’m at my coolest?). Ask questions whose goal is exploring satisfaction and not just production (When do I really have fun?).
Don’t be afraid to answer incorrectly. It is satisfying (and safe and secure) to at first be right. It is likely more motivating (and imaginative and creative) to initially be wrong.
Most of us would not take, nor recommend taking, legal advice from someone not licensed to do so.
But many of us often do take general life advice from people (family, friends, co-workers) not necessarily qualified to do so. We take relationship advice from those hopelessly single. We look for motivation from people who deep down are afraid. We seek inspiration from those who actually lack courage. We look for support (say, in leaving the law) from those who really yearn only for security.
Familial ties, longstanding rapport or respected authority does not always guarantee the most suitable advice . . . for you.