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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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We are scared, but here is why we shouldn’t try too hard to get over our fears

June 1, 2014

Many of the conversations I’ve had in the past few weeks with readers and clients have included some discussion about fear. Our fears can get in the way of just about anything and everything. They can get in the way of our dreams and goals and big plans. They can also get in the way [...]

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The real reason we lawyers are unhappy (and how we can turn it around for the better)

May 22, 2014

We are unhappy as lawyers now. We’re just not clicking in life as much as we’d like to. We’re in a funk. We are not as optimistic as we want to be. We’re wondering where all of our potential went. I have had and still have a lot of moments like this. Self doubt, anxiety, [...]

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I was interviewed by Slate.com and all I got were some further thoughts I’d like to share with you

May 14, 2014

As some of you may know, I was interviewed for yesterday’s feature on Slate.com titled “You Can Do Anything With a Law Degree: That’s what everyone says. Turns out everyone’s wrong.” (read it here) The article explores the misconceptions around the perceived broad usability of a law degree. Writer Jim Saksa (former-lawyer-turned-freelance-writer) encourages readers to [...]

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Only when I was really honest with myself did I realize why I had to leave the law

May 8, 2014

The main reason why I left the law is because I wasn’t really that good at it. I’m not looking for pity or using this as an excuse. I’m just being honest with myself. The skills that were required in my practice of the law as in-house counsel – attention to minute detail, detailed contract [...]

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Some people critiqued what I did and here’s how I found a way to deal with it

April 21, 2014

I wrote a guest post for Above the Law’s Career Center last week. I thought it was pretty good, and some readers did too. They thought the article was helpful, answered some top of mind questions for them and laid out what transferable skills lawyers possess in a clear and accessible way. But some others [...]

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Seven skills attorneys have that the rest of the world would die for

April 5, 2014

Some of us lawyers want to leave the law: We are unhappy and dissatisfied with our work situation. We suffer long hours. We find our day-to-day lawyer tasks mostly uninteresting. We are demotivated because we are not included in the partner track discussions. We feel we receive little-to-no mentoring. We are weighed down by high [...]

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