How Do YOU Define Success? Four Questions to Consider

What does success mean to you?

For most lawyers, the immediate answer is “more clients and more money.” But the question goes much deeper than that. I know plenty of lawyers who HAVE plenty of clients and plenty of money… but still aren’t happy with their career and their life.

Today I’m going to highlight four questions that I think you should consider… questions that will help you think about what success REALLY looks like for you.

  1. What type of legal work do you enjoy? I think you would be surprised to know just how many lawyers are doing work each day that they DON’T enjoy. What about you? Have you found a niche that you truly enjoy working in? If not… what kind of work WOULD you enjoy?
  2. What type of clients do you enjoy working with? We all have clients that we look forward to working with. I personally LOVE working with lawyers who are entrepreneurial, who think outside of the box, who are passionate, and who are results oriented. Working with these lawyers energizes me and I honestly can’t wait to get to work each day. How about you? What type of clients do you enjoy working with… and what type of clients do you really not enjoy?
  3. Which networks do you want to be involved with? Relationships are obviously very important, especially when it comes to business development, and so it’s important that you are plugged in. Yet, many lawyers HATE networking and they don’t care for some of the organizations they are involved in. But what if you found organizations and people that you truly enjoyed? What if you began building relationships in an industry association? Or with parents at your children’s school? Or by working for a cause that you are passionate about?
  4. How do you want to spend your time? What do you want your week to look like? Do your kids have events that you want to attend regularly? Do you want to travel much more frequently? Do you want to focus on projects outside of the legal profession? Think about these long-term goals and write them down. Don’t worry if they’re not immediately realistic. It gives you something you can work towards… and you CAN structure your practice in a way that works in harmony with the rest of your life.




It’s so important that you define success for yourself. Otherwise you risk giving up years and even decades of your life working for a goal, a title, a salary that won’t ultimately satisfy you. So please, take the time today to think about what success looks like for YOU. And if you’d like to talk about it, I’m here. Shoot me an email today!



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Written by Paula Black

Paula Black

"I will help you figure out a way to have a thriving practice... doing what you love... while having a great life outside of work." Does that sound too good to be true? It's not. I've helped hundreds of lawyers do exactly that. I believe that one can find harmony between work, family, and play. I've seen it happen, time and time again, and I know that it can happen for you, too. I believe that you really can "have it all"... joy in every area of your life, including work! If that sounds appealing to you, contact me today to set up a complimentary coaching session. You CAN build a thriving practice while finding joy and fulfillment along the way!