I get asked ALL the time if I’m going to law school or why haven’t I gone yet. I get it. Everyone knew since as long as I can remember that I was going to law school, and after working for a law program, it was no doubt that I was going. But, I didn’t.
When asked, I always answered without really answering. Mainly because 85% of the time it’s by potential law students, and I didn’t want to deter them.
Here’s my actual answer for those who are curious.
In a couple of weeks there will be another large batch of lawyers added to the roster. #graduation They will study for the bar, pass, and then swim in the pool full of lawyer sharks. Fact is, every other person you see is probably a lawyer. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get my point. It’s an over-saturated market. The excitement of being called Attorney Sarah Lee, although that has a nice ring to it, fissled for me a longggg time ago. You’ll more than likely here Dr. Lee 1st.
That’s just one factor. But, as much as going is still in the back of my mind, overall I know where I excels best.
I’m an innovator. A visionary. I create. I build, I burn, I cool down. That’s what I do. It’s a rarity and I know I’ll never be replaced. I know my lane.
And, as much as appreciate people telling me I could be the next Johnnie Cochran (who has the same bday as I do btw), I love y’all, but I can hire a Johnnie Cochran.
Why put down three years when someone who truly excels in that area can work for me? Hello!
It’s called *bounded rationality. The man who chases two rabbits catches none. Know where you excel, and STICK to it. If you’re a pretty good barber, then focus on that and be the best damn barber around town. Be very self aware about what you’re good at.
Success is that simple.
Mark Cuban said, “Don’t follow your passion, follow your efforts.”
I very well could have been, and still could be, the next Johnnie Cochran. But, I’m positive that practicing law would’ve gotten old, quick.
*Bounded Rationality – the theory that people can understand only a limited amount of information within a limited amount of time, and for this reason they do not always make the best decisions, especially in complicated situations.