Connecting the Dots

When talking to attorneys who are just starting their own law firm or solo practice, I often suggest ways to define their niche markets and focus their practice areas to develop areas of expertise.

While this is often good advice, it does not mean that attorneys should narrow every aspect of their life to fit one law firm model or practice area mold.

Instead, it is also important to pursue a few interests that may be seemingly unrelated to your niche practice or specific goals for your law firm. Instead of sticking to a rigid step-by-step plan to build your practice, make room for diversions, impulses and offbeat experiences.

By broadening your horizons and taking advantage of a diverse range of opportunities, you can take on your work with a fresh and creative perspective.

In a recent interview with @22twts, self-proclaimed “mumpreneur” Melanie Hatton referred to a quote attributed to Steve Jobs: “You can’t join the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future.”

You can take a look at her recap of the interview here. What interests do you maintain out of work and how have they helped you connect the dots?