[Podcast] Is this holding you back from leaving the law?

I think you’re going to like one of our recent podcast episodes at “Love or Leave the Law“.

As many of you know, Love or Leave the Law is a point/counterpoint format, where Adam Ouellette (a fellow Leave Law Behind reader, author and founder of www.EsquireAcademy.com) and I discuss how to (re) love the law again … or find ways to leave it.

In this recent episode, we focus on the major obstacles that we unhappy attorneys face in leaving the law.

Deciding to actually leave the law can be a watershed moment in an unhappy attorney’s life. But it also is just the first step of many. In this episode of Love or Leave the Law, Adam and I begin discussing the underlying fears that serve as the main obstacles to leaving the law: The Fear Of the Unknown, the Fear of Risk & Failure and the Fear of Social Disapproval.

I hope you enjoy.

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More and more and more great jobs

What’s very unique and strategic about the Leave Law Behind Program we teach, and also somewhat frustrating and drawn out for my clients, is that we do not right away focus on what new (non-law, alternative) jobs to pursue.

Strategic … and (initially) frustrating

This approach is unique and strategic because we want our job search to first be informed by our Unique Genius.

We do not just want to go from one job we don’t like (lawyer) to another job, that may sound kind of interesting, but which we may also not really like that much.

We first need to focus on gaining a deep understanding of our skills and strengths and enjoyments, our Unique Genius, and then let this sincere catalog of what we’re good at inform the next steps we take.

Takes some time and introspection, but almost guarantees we end up focusing on jobs that we really like and that align with our skills.

But this approach can also be frustrating. We attorneys want to know right now what this process will result in. We want to know right now how the end game will play out.

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How to overcome one of the biggest obstacles to leaving the law

In this week’s video, I touch on how to overcome one of the biggest obstacles we face in trying to leave the law.

I faced it in 2004 when I left the law for good.

And I speak weekly with so many of us who still face it.

The fear and anxiety it causes can stop us in our tracks.

Fortunately, there is a way around it.

Hope you enjoy the video.

Are you serious about leaving the law?

Want to talk with me for free? Go to http://meetme.so/LeaveLawBehind.

Interested in the Online Training Program & Community? Go to http://leavelawbehind.com/online-training.

Want to discuss One to One Coaching? Go to http://leavelawbehind.com/coaching.

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Help

Ask for help. Not because you are weak. But because you want to remain strong.

Les Brown – Motivational speaker, author, and former member of the Ohio House of Representatives

It’s so difficult for us to ask for help

I was speaking with a client last week who I’m helping to leave the law and he said to me at the end of our session, “I’m really happy I put aside my initial apprehension and reached out and asked you for help.”

This comment is so extraordinary in our little part of the Universe because of the simple fact that we attorneys are not inclined to ask for help.

Sure sometimes we can walk down the hall to a colleague in the firm and ask for his or her opinion.

But so many of us sit for long periods of time isolated in our offices, behind a Word document, pushing to complete briefs on our own.

So many of us project an image to the client that we know (or can know) everything.

So many of us work very hard to make sure opposing counsel and the judge think we have the upper hand and that we know what we’re doing.

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[Video] I love getting phone calls like this

I shot this video (it’s short, only 2:45) this past weekend after reflecting on my daughter’s softball game … and after thinking about a phone conversation I had with a fellow Leave Law Behind community member.

My daughter was afraid of being hit by the ball when she was at bat … and by trying to avoid being hit, she ended up striking out.

And the attorney I spoke with was afraid of all the risk he associated with leaving the law … and by trying to avoid making any mistakes, he ended up doing nothing and remained unhappy.

Check out the video below to see how both were able to mitigate their fears (not fully overcome their fears yet, just reduce them a bit) to be able to create some momentum and move forward.

 

 

Do you need some help?

Want to talk with me for free? Go to http://meetme.so/LeaveLawBehind

Interested in the Online Training Program? Go to http://leavelawbehind.com/online-training.

Want to discuss One to One Coaching? Go to http://leavelawbehind.com/coaching.

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[Podcast] Signs you may be on your way out of the law

I think you’re going to like one of our recent podcast episodes at “Love or Leave the Law”.

As many of you know, Love or Leave the Law is a point/counterpoint format, where Adam Ouellette (a fellow Leave Law Behind reader, author and founder of www.EsquireAcademy.com) and I discuss how to (re) love the law again … or find ways to leave it.

In this recent episode, we focus on all of the signs that you may be on your way out of the law.

It can be very difficult to determine whether continuing to practice the law is right for you.

On the one hand, we may be unfulfilled, anxious and unhappy as a lawyer.

On the other hand, it’s the one job we really know and we’ve invested so much in becoming an attorney.

In this episode of Love or Leave the Law, Adam and I explore the early signs that you may be on your way out of the law, even if you don’t know it yet. We get into a deep discussion about how to recognize the onset of boredom and depression as an attorney,

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You are crazy and so am I

In San Francisco subways a new ad campaign is running. Its for Fiverr, an online marketplace that connects business owners with freelancers who can help them with tasks in order to grow.

I took a picture of one of the ads that stood out to me. See it above. It reflects two core truths about starting a business: You need help to grow your business … and you also may be crazy.

Entrepreneurs need a lot of help to get started. That’s why they get co-founders and venture investment.

And they also always run into naysayers. They always run into doubters. They always have people around them who are worried about them and say their ideas are crazy.

It’s good to be crazy

And can’t we say the same thing for us unhappy attorneys leaving the law? For most of us, if we were to tell those close to us that we wanted to leave, many would likely dissuade us. Doubt us. Call us crazy.

They’ll first ask:

How can you leave such a stable job? How can you throw your law school education away? Who else will hire you?

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[Live Training] Confused how to leave the law? Join this free training.

We have totally overhauled our eating habits in our family. Our kids were suffering from pretty bad food allergies, so we’ve gone gluten-free, sugar-free and consume minimal dairy.

We’re in a good groove now, but we struggled in the beginning: We read blog posts, watched YouTube videos, talked to friends. It was helpful, but we still felt we didn’t know how best to really start.

We then took part in a live training from an expert focused on this area. She took us slowly through the steps. She answered our questions. She repeated the details over and over until it sunk in.

Now our diet is doing great!

And it got me thinking. I wanted to put together a similar type of training session for the Leave Law Behind community.

So, I wanted to let you know that I’m doing a brand new, free training this Sunday February 26 2017 at 5pm Pacific (8p Eastern).

The topic is “The first thing all people who successfully leave the law make sure they do”.

Go here to reserve your spot now

One of the main obstacles for us in leaving the law is we don’t know where to start.

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How to be famous and successful

This past weekend, my wife, two kids and I let out our collective inner geek and visited the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

While the toys in the gift shop elicited the most interest from my daughter and son, the museum exhibits were not far behind.

The museum provides a fascinating history of how, going all the way back to the ancient Chinese and Greeks, humans have thought up new ideas, used new tools, and created new processes to find things out, make life easier, and reduce manual steps.

Think the Abacus to the Antikythera mechanism to IBM punch cards to iPhones.

What really struck me though were the personal stories behind all of these inventions.

 

They weren’t always famous and successful

Sure, it’s easy for us now to see how useful all of these tools are. And it’s easy for us now to assume as self evident that these technology inventors would be famous. It’s easy for us now to take for granted the ways the technologies they invented have made our lives simpler, easier and more dynamic.

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[Podcast] Why the law sucks (Part 1)

I’ve started a podcast called “Love or Leave the Law”. It’s a point/counterpoint format, where we discuss how to (re) love the law again … or find ways to leave it.

My podcast partner is Adam Ouellette, a fellow Leave Law Behind reader, author and founder of www.EsquireAcademy.com, which helps attorneys refresh and grow their legal practice and being to love the law again.

And as you can guess, I’m the guy who talks about how to leave it 🙂

In our second episode, we discuss “Why the Law Sucks?” and why it’s just not that much fun nor that lucrative to practice the law any more. We focus on the current state of the legal practice, what disruptive forces are on the horizon, why it’s harder to make money as a lawyer and what lawyers can do now to make sure their practices survive and thrive.

Hope you enjoy!

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