By Chip Gentry
“What if I am not successful?” “What if I am not very good at bringing in clients?” “What if I can’t handle the pressure?” Those and other questions are common. If you could remove fear from all of your decisions, how many more things would you try? In my opinion, when one decides to try the private practice of law, the opportunity for accomplishment is great. Is there fear? Absolutely. However, are there rewards that can add happiness and fulfillment in your life? No doubt about it. I believe there are 10 tips that will improve your ability to succeed in private practice. Here is the third tip:
3. CHOSE THE TYPE OF WORK THAT INSPIRES YOU. I have heard far too many times many attorneys miserable with the type of work they are doing. I have changed the focus of my practice no less than 3 times. If you are not inspired and motivated with the type of work you are doing, rest assured, your work product will suffer. There is nearly an endless list of the types of law you can practice in private practice. Sure, perhaps as a young attorney in a firm with partners feeding you business, you feel you don’t have a lot of say. Even if that is true, take the time to cultivate an underserved area of the law or a new area of the law at your firm. It will lead to new relationships and new clients, adding value to your practice and that of the firm’s. Do what inspires you and success will come.