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Staying Focused Over the Holidays

I love the holidays.  For some reason, I always feel like life is starting again after Christmas.  The possibilities once again seem endless.  Opportunity abounds. 

It used to be that I was also very distracted by the holidays.  For some reason, I would loose momentum and become less focused.  When you practice law on your own terms and by the force of your own will, I find it is much easier to keep your eye on the ball during the holidays.  When you are essentially working for yourself, it is much easier to attack each day in relaxed and undistracted matter.  It is easier to make big things happen without the pressure of answering to someone else.

There is something about working for yourself that changes the whole dynamic of work.  When I worked for a firm, the money pretty much came in no matter what I did or did not do.  Because there were many other attorneys all pulling on the ores, cash flow was rarely a problem.  The bi-weekly paycheck got paid. 

But it was truly difficult to get inspired about going above and beyond the call of duty in a traditional law firm.  I knew that I would receive somewhere between one and six pennies for every dollar I brought in by way of bonus.  It should be pretty obvious that earning $60.00 for $1,000.00 in revenue or $600.00 for every $10,000.00 in revenue isn’t much of an incentive. 

Today, I got up out of bed with the same thought I wake up with on most mornings.  I want to get the day started so I can get to work and make something special happen for me or my clients.  It has now been almost three years since I started my firm.  I know have two partners, four staff and a slew of virtual workers.  This expansion has allowed us to take on major federal court cases across the country for large corporate clients. 

So as the new year approaches, I am already struck by how thankful I am for everything that remains possible in this coming year.  Opportunity is everywhere.  And my partners and I have the talent, will and desire to explore and expand on those opportunities.  What more could a lawyer ask for?   


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