December 01, 2016

Spark: Tips for Maintaining Your Passion for the Practice of Law, Part 1

Stacey L. Romberg

This article is the first of four installments exploring ways to keep the spark of enthusiam alive in your law practice.


Years ago, I attended a breakfast event at which Renee Montagne, a special correspondent and former co-host for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, spoke. At the end of Ms. Montagne’s presentation, someone in the audience asked a simple but powerful question, “Ms. Montagne, you’ve traveled all over the world and met so many fascinating people. If you knew you had six months left to live, how would you spend your time?” Ms. Montagne paused briefly, and responded that she would change nothing about her current life. The questioner was incredulous, and followed up. “Come on. Wouldn’t you stop working, travel to a special place, spend time with certain people, etc.?” Ms. Montagne insisted that she would not, saying that she loved her work, found it a privilege to be a journalist, and would be perfectly happy to continue working for the last six months of her life. Her sincerity and conviction made me stop, put down that last bite of breakfast pastry, and take note: “Do I feel like that? If I had six months left to live, would I wake up in the morning and happily go to work serving my clients, knowing that I was spending my time in the most fulfilling way possible?”

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