The most important thing that I have discovered during this journey working with attorneys is that they are a necessity for our communities. Not everyone has the desire to go to law school. Not everyone is willing to subject themselves to the years it takes to earn those initials behind their name. I would trust the team of attorneys we have on staff with any legal matter that would ever come up during my lifetime.
We have been exploring the word “mentoring” but for the purposes of this article, I would like the word “Coaching” instead. To me, mentoring implies one person, probably someone who has been doing the job for many years and is overseeing every aspect of a person’s job. But coaching has another view for me. If you look at a coach or a teacher they go through a process of working with a student or team.
A day in my life is nothing like what you’ve seen on Law and Order, How to Get Away with Murder, or the Good Wife. It is not showing up in a perfectly tailored suit, delivering academy award worthy closing arguments to a jury, or negotiating high profile agreements in a fancy boardroom. This may be the life of some lawyers, but mine is a bit different.
When you think the small things can be skipped, when there are projects that keep being kicked down the road, when you are frustrated with the way that strategy and operations require intentionality, remember that these are part of the development of your skills, your focus, your hard work, and your determination. They will make you ready for not just the everyday opportunities, but also for when it is your “lucky day”.
Most of us have had a moment in our life that we imagined being wealthy. When I say wealthy, some of you may think about having money for a private jet. If you are like me and don’t own a private jet, you might be interested in knowing that a new private jet can cost somewhere between 5 and 70 million dollars. At some point in our life, most of us have let our minds wonder about all the great things we would do if we were wealthy in the way that we as an individual define being wealthy. This can be a fun daydream for a few minutes, but we usually come back to earth and realize that we are probably not going to own a private jet in our lifetime.