"I was anxious about leaving the security of the law behind, but now I earn even more money than I did as a lawyer. My "lawyer" skills have been a perfect fit for these "non-law' jobs - I've been promoted three times and my career growth upside seems limitless. On top of that, I am a much happier, calmer and motivated person. I even look forward to work on Mondays!"
First and foremost, regardless of his talents as a motivator, speaker, writer, business man and yes … attorney, Casey is an amazing human being. He is the type of person I feel lucky to have met regardless of circumstance and I treasure his friendship. All of the qualities that make him a great mentor also make him a great friend — enthusiasm, empathy, intelligence, sense of humor and introspectiveness are just a few.
As a mentor, Casey has been invaluable. Without him I would not have found the boldness and persistence to do the all of the things ultimately required for me to transition out of my litigation career. Casey stayed relentlessly positive while giving me his time and insight well after my work with him during the inaugural Leave Law Behind course had finished — 3 years in fact.
After the course I did what alcoholics might refer to as “falling off the wagon.” I lost my resolve and did what got me into this situation in the first place — I did the “safe” thing and took another litigation job. Casey stuck with me and was there to help me hop back on the wagon when, after almost two years of dissatisfaction in my second litigation stint I was truly ready to Leave the Law and never look back.
Ten months later, after numerous informational interviews, networking events, coffees, lunches, and a double-digit number of rejections, I landed a job at a consulting firm in San Francisco specializing in sales and marketing technologies.
That was four years and two jobs ago. I’m now a Director of Sales Operations specializing in systems architecture at the San Francisco based company Lookout. We build software that protects mobile devices from malware and hackers. I love every minute of my new career, which truly leverages the talents that I thought would make me successful and satisfied as an attorney — problem solving, strategy, networking, and team leadership among others.
Since changing careers I’ve yet to fail what I call “The Sunday Night Test,” (i.e. how do you feel at 9:00 pm Sunday?). Dread? Fear? Nausea? When I was an attorney — all of those; every single Sunday night. Now? None of those. Ever.
While I occasionally don’t feel like going to work on Monday, it is always with a sense of calm and satisfaction in the knowledge that I have to wake up Monday morning and go to a job I love, even if sometimes I’d rather sitting on the couch with my wife and dogs watching Game of Thrones.
As Casey would say, I’ve truly found my unique genius and I owe a huge amount of my new-found success and happiness to him.
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