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3 reasons why bad things in our lives can actually be extremely helpful

October 27, 2014

Recently I put together a survey for readers to answer a few questions. I wanted to get an idea of what’s top of mind for all of us, what types of issues we’re dealing with, and what new products or services we all thought might be best for us all. You can see the survey [...]

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Why I’m going to begin ice skating and what that has to do with you leaving the law

October 14, 2014

My wife and my kids ice skate. And there is nothing I can do about it. I do not know how to ice skate. And I’m actually kind of afraid of it. I love physical activities and playing sports. But growing up in San Francisco, there weren’t many ice skating rinks. There was one dilapidated [...]

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Real life stories of lawyers who have left the law

September 21, 2014

When Casey asked me to write a blog for Leave Law Behind, I asked myself what would be most helpful to the LLB community. Having interviewed hundreds of former lawyers, and profiling 30 of them in my book, Life After Law: Finding Work You Love with the JD You Have, I thought it might be [...]

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The horns blare and the drums beat and your power is now limitless

September 13, 2014

Okay, quick test. What is 9X9? 5X3? 7X6? 8X8? 13X8? Pretty easy those first four multiplication questions, but that last one, hmm. Had to think about it, didn’t you. Here’s how I finally figured it out: 13 times 10 is 130, and 8 is 2 less than 10, so I’ll subtract 13 X 2 which [...]

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It’s weird but going crazy might be a really good thing for us unhappy attorneys

August 22, 2014

For so long, we were normal. Ever since we could remember, we got good grades. We did well at our extracurricular activities. We had energy, independence, ambition, goals. We happily did what we were told. We pleased most everyone. We were liked. We moved through life at a nice clip. We had a plan. And [...]

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How I coach my clients to leave the law

August 11, 2014

When I speak with a prospective coaching client, I make it a point to discuss in detail how we actually (step by step) leave the law behind. This is because we often think leaving the law cannot be that easy. We think we can’t do this. We think we can’t excel. We think it won’t [...]

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4 things you must do before applying to the cool job at the end of this post

July 29, 2014

Today, I want to introduce you to a job. It is a legal job as an attorney for a cool startup called Hire an Esquire. The description and hiring manager Jules Miller’s contact info is at the end of this post. For some of us, this could be the legal job we’ve always wanted that [...]

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5 simple ways for us unhappy attorneys to start becoming an extraordinary, huge success

July 9, 2014

Leaving the law It was in 2004 that I really left the law. That is when I left my in-house job at Workshare. The job was too reactive – and not proactive enough – for me (I was tasked with creating the legal framework to support initiatives created by Sales or Business Development), I had [...]

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3 ways to help us find the time to leave the law

June 24, 2014

While leaving the law takes a lot (of courage, effort, desire, confidence, momentum, hard work, flexibility, mindfulness) most of all, it takes time. A bunch of it. And for many of us, time is hard to find. We have trials to manage. We have court hearings to attend. We have agreements to draft. We have [...]

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Why we will not fail at what we really want to do

June 9, 2014

An amazing thing happens at a certain point with my coaching clients. As we explore our Unique Genius, we begin to get comfortable and more confident with our true skills, and strengths, and with what we really enjoy as a person. Through our Unique Genius exercises, we of course identify many of the traits we’d [...]

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