Are you a master at your craft? Do you continually push to learn new things or are you just coasting?
The beauty of the practice of law is that there are so many different things for lawyers to learn.
In the early years, we learn a lot of law and the basic skills on how to practice. Hopefully, as we get older, we learn more about the law and better hone our practice skills. (But we’ve all encountered lawyers who seem to have stopped learning or caring and instead are just dialing it in)
Beyond the law, there’s much to learn—psychology, trial skills, business skills, technology skills, management skills, public speaking, marketing, you name it. All of them will make you a better lawyer and provide you a better career. And the more you learn and internalize, the closer to mastery you will move.
Seeking mastery is hard, but it makes the practice of law more enjoyable.
The path to mastery requires:
- good teachers;
- deep work above and beyond daily client work;
- ignoring distractions;
- pushing through plateaus;
- failures along the way;
- living outside your comfort zone;
- moving toward the “adjacent possible”
Focus on the journey, and not the destination. You can always get a little bit better.