Inspiration for the Solo Practitioner - "Consider This"
Consider this when:
- You want to innovate with client service;
- You want to create a virtual law office (VLO) from your basement;
- You want to get a virtual assistant a thousand miles away;
- You want to break free from the billable hour;
- You want to....(fill in the blank)
In 1962,four young musicians auditioned for Decca Records. The executives dismissed them saying, "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out." The Beatles left without a contract.
In 1954, Elvis Presley was fired by the manager of the Grand Old Opry, who said, "You ain't goin' nowhere....son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck."
Alexander Graham Bell, after inventing the telephone, was told by President Rutherford B. Hayes, "That's an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?"
After it took Thomas Edison 2000 tries to invent the light bulb, a young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. "I never failed once," Edison said. "It just happened to be a 2000-step process."
Even in law, or especially in law, there are new frontiers to conquer and the solo practitioner is free to forge ahead.Being a lawyer/solo practitioner does not limit your opportunities. It multiplies them. So, when others impose their fears or inhibitions or doubts upon you and your abilities, consider the above.
And a few great quotes re: business and life:
"What use is it being a fast-walker if you don't know where you're going to?" (Senegalese proverb)
"No more effort is required to aim high in life, to demand abundance and prosperity, than is required to accept misery and poverty." (Napoleon Hill)
"It's true that success is the combination of belief and time. The more belief you have, the less time it takes." (Lisa Jimenez M.Ed.)
"It is not your customer's job to remember you, it is your obligation and responsibility to make sure they don't have the chance to forget you." (Patricia Fripp)
"Kids ought to have two bicycles, one to ride and one to rent." (Jim Rohn)
"When someone does something well, applaud! You will make two people happy." (Samuel Goldwyn)
"All successful people are people of purpose. They hold fast to an idea, a project, a plan and will not let it go; they cherish it, brood upon it, tend to develop it; and when assailed by difficulties, they refuse to be beguiled into surrender; indeed, the intensity of the purpose increases with the growing magnitude of the obstacles encountered." (James Allen)
(These quotes were compiled by Facebook connection Amadou M. Sall from Senegal.)
Go for it.
Just Make It Happen.