I shared a bacon roll with a commercial solicitor at 8am this morning.
I have a lot of time for him, not only because he is a nice person, but because he has made big decisions in his life to ensure that he has a life that he is very happy with.
I first heard met him when he spoke at a local business seminar in Bristol, when I had to go and congratulate him on giving such an engaging and interesting talk (bear in mind I nodded off in most seminars when I was a practising solicitor so this was no mean feat).
He explained that he was an engineer for many years, but wasn’t happy in that career choice, so he studied to become a commercial solicitor. It was in that role for a big Bristol firm that I heard him speaking.
However, a number of years later, he was not happy in that position, so he bravely took the plunge to set up on his own (I had been quietly encouraging/nagging him to do so as had many other people who knew him).
He is doing very well, so I am very glad to see that. I am so pleased that he had the courage to commit to changing his position when he was not happy.
Why am I sharing this with you today? Well, I meet so many solicitors who settle for OK in their lives and I find this incredibly sad.
Many want to start their own law firm, and never quite feel ready to take the plunge.
Many have started their law firm but are not as busy as they need to be, yet don’t feel ready or able to change this, when I or any number of others are only a telephone call away to help them.
Many should never have entered the law in the first place (that could apply to me…) but are too scared to leave.
If any of these statements apply to you, I hope this quote from Goethe helps (it is one of my pesonal favourites):
"Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back– Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."
If you are putting off something that you know you should be doing, why not start the process today? Why not begin it now?
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