Einstein once said, “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
This is great advice to anyone trying to develop his or her own law practice. Many people focus on milestones, such as a high salary or an expensive lifestyle, to define success.
Physical milestones may mark your current success, but as many people have learned in the past few years, a six-figure salary or a new home may not last forever and is not an indicator of expertise or knowledge. In other words, success marked by physical indicators may show off your current status, but personal value is something that can’t be taken away.
Weather the Storm
Learn to weather any storm and reap long-term rewards in your legal career by making it your goal to increase your value to others.
By increasing your value to others, you will gain a competitive advantage in your career because you will be the person that clients and colleagues go to when they need an attorney who is knowledgeable, honest, reliable, creative, resourceful and innovative.
What personal strengths do you already possess that make your law practice valuable? What characteristics should you be striving for in your everyday life to increase your personal value?