3 Things I Learned In the Last Decade

Happy New Year! New Years is my favorite holiday. The sense of starting fresh and the excitement of new goals and plans always has me looking forward to January 1st. 

2020 is extra special with the start of a new decade! 

The last decade was huge for me, both personally and professionally. 

There are three things I learned related to managing your law firm I want to send you into the new decade with…

“Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” ~ Bill Gates

This is the driver behind my focus on five-year planning for your law firm. For some, thinking five years ahead is a big stretch, I get it. Also think of the amazing things that can happen when you set the longer-term goal and work through the steps it takes to reach it.  

Bill Gates knows…it took him six years to land a contract with IBM for his operating system. 

Learn From Others

When I started my firm over a year ago, I had a lot to learn about being an entrepreneur and law firms. I was fully committed to both and jumped in the deep end. 

I recommitted to my love of reading and made connections with everyone I thought I could learn anything from. 

A couple of books that I loved and I recommend to many clients are:

Tiger Tactics: Powerful Strategies for Winning Law Firmsby Ryan Mckeen, Billie Tarascio, William Umansky, Theresa Degray, Jay Ruane

You are a Bad Ass At Making Money by Jen Sincero 

Ask For Help

Yeah…this is a hard one. At some point in human history, we decided asking for help was a sign of weakness. Growing up, this was reinforced in my family. 

Taking a small step and asking for a little help when I was struggling started to open the door for me. I realized that most people are more than willing to help AND some of them even make money doing it. 😊 

I am committed to asking for help in this decade. 

I have a business coach, a video editor, a housekeeper (yes, there is someone that enjoys taking care of my family in this way), a therapist, and a huge network of colleagues I can turn to with questions. 

I am leaving the notion that I should do everything myself in the last decade. 

How are you planning on making this decade better than the last? 

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