Top 10 Rules to be a Success(ful Lawyer)

This is from the ABA Journal, but the tips are great for anyone.  By James Grey Robinson.

  1.  Do not be a prisoner of your past
  2. What comes out of your mouth is more than what goes in it
  3. People will admire you more for your health and happiness than your bank account
  4. Take 10 minutes each day to not think but just breathe
  5. Lawyers are admired more for their honesty (and humanity) than for winning
  6. You have to balance and take care of your body, your mind, and your family/community.
  7. Nothing is more powerful than kind words.
  8. Embrace change. Change is good.
  9. If you don’t control your emotions, they will control you.
  10. Being a lawyer is a gift.

The details in each of the points are worth the read – check it out.

Top 10 Rules to be a Successful Lawyer

Farm Work and Dedication

Please read this terrific Washington Post column by Purdue President (and former Indiana Governor) Mitch Daniels.  

In Farm Children, I See Virtues That One Sees Too Rarely, These Days.

I don’t claim that people (and young people) who live in urban environments are devoid of hard work and virtue, but – speaking from personal experience – the characteristics described in the article seem to be more highly concentrated in rural communities.

My son was 20 at the time this picture was taken, and an experienced farmer

Advice for Graduates (and Other Adults)

Nice article by Gretchen Rubin on LinkedIn.  This applies to all of us – not just the newly-minted young adults.  Be sure you read the last one.  The article is a great starting point.

My Best Advice for Graduates: 12 Tips for A Happy Life

  1. Know yourself
  2. Beware of Drift
  3. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good
  4. Write (and re-write) your own set of personal commandments
  5. Identify the problem
  6. Take care of your body; exercise regularly and get enough sleep
  7. Don’t expect to be motivated by motivation
  8. Give time and energy to keep relationships strong
  9. Ask yourself, “Whom do I envy?”
  10. Remember, everyone makes mistakes
  11. Know your “tell.”
  12. Collect your own Secrets of Adulthood.