It’s required to be a perfectionist as a lawyer … when writing a brief or meeting a client deadline or ensuring your client complies with a law or regulation.
You can’t make a mistake.
But needing to be perfect is exactly what you don’t want to be when looking to leave the legal profession. It will slow down your courage, motivation, and soul.
Case in point: The below email exchange with a fellow Leave Law Behind reader who was interested in learning more about the Leave Law Behind Coaching Program, but ultimately passed for the time being:
Thanks so much for reaching out. I’m still assessing and evaluating my situation and timing a bit, but didn’t want to leave you in limbo! I greatly appreciated talking to you and better understanding what you have to offer as I figure out my next steps.
And my response:
Sounds good, keep us posted how we can help.
And as far as “figuring out your next steps” … that can be a lot to ask, and can be overwhelming, I know it is for me. Maybe just trust your feelings as to the next “direction” you take, or the next “experiment” you do, or the next “process” you test out.
We attorneys often are perfectionists, and want to know the exact (or close to exact) next steps to take before we take them. But oftentimes in life, it’s impossible to know the best next steps. So we don’t do anything at all.
A little (gentle) nudge from me 🙂 to put less pressure on yourself to have to figure most or all of “it” out.
Hope that helps!
If you’d rather be happy than perfect, then come join Leave Law Behind for a Strategic Career Coaching call. This is a one hour direct conversation with me or my business partner (and fellow former attorney Adam Ouellette) where we hear your specific story and provide you with the best next steps to begin to leave the law. This is real career coaching to help you take the first step to find your dream career. Sign up here.
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