Your own version of success

Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live Anne Sweeney Lawyers are competitive creatures, in one way or another. Even if you’re not outwardly competitive, you still likely have a burning desire to be the best at whatever you do (whether it’s the…

Power of Perspective

Recently, the good ol’ socials shared with me a really interesting (and funny!) TED Talk video. It was about an inventor who liked building robots but would regularly “fail” (see my earlier post on Failing for that ol’ chestnut!). This inventor purposefully changed her way of thinking about her ‘failures’ with her robotics, and instead…

Expectations

Expectations – whether they’re unclear, significant, unrealistic or lacking entirely, encapsulate the client and lawyer relationship. Lately, I’ve had such a pleasure being interviewed by almost-newbie-lawyers as they prepare themselves for the most significant signature they will affix to a piece of paper in their careers; the roll of legal practitioners. We spoke about common…

Work Zen-ness

Ever have those days when you need to get stuff done and you’re uncomfortable in your normal work space. Perhaps your area is cluttered and you don’t have the time (or inclination!) to clean it at that very point in time as you have more pressing things to concern yourself with (or, at least, that’s…

The thing about job titles

… is that it’s just a title. Job titles do not describe the work that you’re actually doing and what value it has to you and your development. Take the title “Administrator”. I’m not necessarily speaking of an Administrator in the legal industry, but any type of industry. What is an Administrator? Do they “administer” stuff? What…

Being curious is a good thing

You know some of the most interesting and insightful things I learn come from the oddest of places. It also comes from being curious. Asking questions. Listening to others. I read the book called “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. In…

Value of time spent

Is there someone in your workplace or law land world that you don’t really get or struggle to work with? Do they make your work difficult or are they always at odds with you? I think it’s safe to say that it happens to all of us. What you do to work with these people…

Reflecting on mistakes

Mistakes have an indeterminable value, despite whether you make them yourself or not. Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them yourself Eleanor Roosevelt Reflection is a beautiful and powerful thing. There is a gut-wrenching feeling that one can experience that is unique to a mistake of your own…

Human lawyers; not an oxy moron

There are days that are going to be really hard to get through. That’s a fact. What you do with that day, the feelings you feel, the decisions you make, the lessons you learn, even the anger you harbour; that is your choice. In the adversarial environment that is, more often than not, the law, it’s easy…

Failing

Let’s face it, failing is something that will happen to all of us (and multiple times); it’s a fact of life. We also all need a little pick-me-up when we’re mourning the loss of the goal we set our sights for. This is a bit of an ode to those experiencing their own version of…