As I Turn 40

As I Turn 40

I remember my oldest sister’s 16th birthday party. We’d packed our long Arlington, Texas driveway with activities like ping pong and foosball. We drank soda (a rare treat) and ate taco boats (taco salad packed into banana split trays my mom picked up from the local...
On Depression And Expectations

On Depression And Expectations

I didn’t have a great weekend. The pressure got to me, and I had to leave the house for a while. I could feel depression turning into anger and I didn’t want to take it out on the kids, so I left. Sometimes building a law practice really sucks. The grind...
Writing To Be Understood

Writing To Be Understood

I want to share with you an exchange I just had with a contract employee. I hope it will change the way you think about your writing. First, Brief Background I don’t intend to write every word of the content my firm creates. That’s an inefficient use of my...
So, I Hired Someone

So, I Hired Someone

One thing I’ve been talking with #lawtwitter about recently is the difference between a freelancer and a solopreneur. Dan Lear of Avvo and I have been batting around a couple of podcasts with marketing genius Seth Godin on the subject. Let me quote from him to give a...
Why We Don’t Change

Why We Don’t Change

The one problem that really confronts [lawyers] in the 21st century is [lawyers themselves]. I’m taking a little liberty with a quote from behavioral scientist Angela Duckworth there. She talked about humans generally, and lawyers are more or less humans, so it...