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You need to be wrong

 February 16, 2011

By  Casey Berman

If you are still in the law, and unhappy doing so, you may need to modify the questions you regularly ask yourself.

How can I grow my book of business?  Which partner can I better align with?  How can I increase my billables? You may find answers to these questions, but they will be superficial to your goal of happiness.  You may find answers, but they will only keep you lockstep in the belief that remaining in the law is your only choice.

Alternatively, ask questions for which you may have no immediate answer (What am I really good at?).  Ask questions that others may find corny or a waste of time (When do I feel I’m at my coolest?).  Ask questions whose goal is exploring satisfaction and not just production (When do I really have fun?).

Don’t be afraid to answer incorrectly.  It is satisfying (and safe and secure) to at first be right.  It is likely more motivating (and imaginative and creative) to initially be wrong.

Ask away.

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  1. “It is likely more motivating to initially be wrong”
    Thank you. That’s what I had been dreading but it seems things will turn out well, if not immediately, at least later.

    1. Thanks for the comment. You’re right: Once you actually analyze and face what you dread, and what causes anxiety and what holds you back and scares you, you realize . . . it’s not that bad. It’s actually fuel for you to accomplish the next baby step. It builds courage.

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