February 01, 2017

Spark: Tips for Maintaining Your Passion for the Practice of Law, Part 2

Stacey L. Romberg

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

In my first article in this series in the December issue, www.americanbar.org/publications/gpsolo_ereport/2016/december_2016/spark_maintain_passion_practice_law.html, I discussed the dissatisfaction that seems to permeate the legal profession, and the stressful nature and long hours associated with the dual responsibilities of practicing law and running a small business. If you are in the middle or the later stages of your career, do you find that you don’t feel as passionate about the law as you did in those initial years of practice? If your enthusiasm for your law practice has diminished as the years have passed, I encourage you to not simply accept that change as an unpleasant but necessary byproduct of a long career. Instead, self-examination is in order. The questions posed at the end of my article were: “If you [knew that you] had six months left to live, or perhaps more practically as a long-term approach, six years to live, would you continue to work just as you are doing right now? Or would you make some changes?” To those I add: If change is needed, what would those changes be? How could the changes be identified and implemented so as to have a lasting and favorable impact?

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