It’s so great we have the desire to leave the law

 August 2, 2012

By  Casey Berman

But there needs to also be the will.  There needs to be the execution.  It needs to actually get done.

There can often be a lot getting in the way of our will.  There are hurdles that prevent us from taking that first step and actually getting stuff done and making progress.

And to make it more confusing, many of these hurdles are unseen.  We know we are stuck, but we often can’t clearly identify what is getting in the way.

These murky things can be reduced to a few obstacles.  I share them with you now.

-    We are actually not compelled enough to leave.  We love the security of our current job, the stature it brings and while we complain and may want to leave the law, we may really not mean it.
-    We are waiting for others to provide a guaranteed path.  It’s easy to wait and see what risks our entrepreneurial friends or big companies take . . . so we can then follow up and fill a job or role once the company has a reached some stability.
-    We suffer from the Imposter Syndrome.  We feel we’re not good enough and do not deserve any praise for what we have achieved.  We feel that since we’re only an average or pretty good attorney, we’ll only be worse if we leave the law.
-    We feel it’s certain we will fail.  Failure is the antithesis of being a good lawyer, so no matter how much we may desire to be something else, we don’t try anything.  The irony is that it is also the bedrock of risk taking and entrepreneurism and even happiness.

One, if not more, of these is standing in your way of leaving the law.  Identifying the problem is the first step to solving it (some IRAC anyone?)

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