The best career advice I ever received was from Carmelite Bertaut, a former cochair of the Woman Advocate Committee. I was going through a particularly difficult period in my career when I was dealing with an extremely heavy work load and struggling with multiple facets of being a litigator and a new mom. She told me: “The most difficult times in our career are the times in which we experience the most growth.” After the storm passed and I was through the difficult period, I looked back and realized that I really had learned more about being an attorney, making decisions as an attorney, preparing for depositions and hearings, drafting, and balancing a busy work load while continuing to get in exercise, “me time,” and most importantly, family time. I definitely learn more during the trying times than the easy times. Now, when I’m having a tough week (or longer!), I remind myself of this advice. It helps me maintain a positive perspective and look for the growing opportunities in the midst of the difficulties.
Haley R. Maple is an attorney with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin in Tampa, Florida.