In addition to practicing law, I enjoy writing and speaking. Often, speaking reminds me of what I should be doing in my own life and affirms those good habits I’ve taken up. Although I often teach lawyers about substantive law, procedural rules, and ethics applied to our profession, I am happiest when I am able to speak to students. I enjoyed recently speaking to high school seniors in Houston about the importance of jury service, but I enjoyed speaking to a diverse audience in Washington, D.C., on life lessons even more. The event, held at Howard University School of Law, was a two-day conference called the Third Annual National Diversity Pre-Law Conference and Law Fair. The audience was made up of college students, law students, law professors, lawyers, and judges. I was one of the closing plenary session speakers and wanted to leave the conference attendees with some words of wisdom that I have learned in my life thus far. I now impart those points to you in this column.