We attorneys have been trained to be right.
Whether it’s in a contract negotiation, a trial, an interaction with a law firm partner or advising a client, we are trained to be right.
Doesn’t mean we always come out on top, but we sure do try.
Because being right is synonymous in our eyes with being strong and in control and admired and winning and valued and making it and success.
And that need to be right all of the time continues as we explore leaving the law.
But needing to be “right” as we leave the law can also be one of our biggest blockers to leaving. Because instead of being right about a fact or a point of law or a policy, we instead perpetuate being right about why we can’t or shouldn’t or won’t leave the law.
- I know for near-certainty that I’m not worthy of a non-law job.
- I’m sure I could never do the work of leaving the law.
- I’m 99.9% positive I will never make in a non-law job the money I make now as an attorney.