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Defining Success

We all possess a preconceived notion of what we consider success.  We see big houses, nice cars, and nice clothes…and we think the one(s) that have any of those things must have a certain level of success.

One thing you must realize is that success is subjective to the individual.

A couple of days ago, I drove through several of the old neighborhoods that I lived in as a child.  By the time I started high school,  I had attended 13 different schools.  My parents weren’t in the military.

I do this once in a while to remind myself of how much I have accomplished.  To me, being able to finish my education and reach a certain degree of professionalism is successful.  I don’t need a big house.  I live in an apartment.  I don’t need a brand new car.  I drive my four year old car.  I don’t need designer clothing.  I purchase all of my clothing from clearance racks or certain thrift stores.

I can tell you this – my definition of success is simply being pleased with rising above my childhood and living a content life.

You have to define success for yourself.  Other people might not agree with you.  I could introduce you to people in my family that don’t agree with me.  However, your definition of success is for YOUR life.  Their opinion might be nice, but it’s just an opinion.  What works for them may not work for you.

Don’t compare yourself to others.  Don’t worry about what everyone else thinks is successful or what isn’t successful.  That is something only YOU can decide for YOUR life.



Jackson Civil Suit

Jackson Civil Suit

Michael Jackson‘s mother, Katherine, is suing AEG in a civil suit for wrongful death alleging that AEG did not do enough to investigate Conrad Murray before allowing him to care for Jackson.

Professional presentation

Professional presentation

This is directed at attorneys, but much like a couple of other things I’ve sent out today…what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.  Professionalism is the name of the game.  You’ve chosen to enter into a conservative field.  Know how to present yourself and you will be most esteemed.

Websites lawyers love!

Websites lawyers love!

I would like to presume that since attorneys love these, so will paralegals.  Actually, I would go with anyone who holds an interest in law will love them.  I found this through Twitter.

Websites lawyers love!

Websites lawyers love!

I would like to presume that since attorneys love these, so will paralegals.  Actually, I would go with anyone who holds an interest in law will love them.  I found this through Twitter.  

Girl receives felony charge over science project

Girl receives felony charge over science project

Read the link above.

She mixed toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil in a plastic bottle.  It exploded.  No one was injured.  She alleges it was for a science fair project.  The school expels her.  She’s arrested for possession / discharge of a weapon.  She is now facing a felony.  She’s 15.

Do you think this is a fair charge if you consider the wording of the Florida statute?  What do you think would be mitigating facts (if any)?  What about an affirmative defense?

The Lost Art of Communication

I read an ABA article admonishing law students to sound less like a high school babysitter and more like a professional.  This applies not only to attorneys; it applies to paralegals as well.  Honestly, any professional needs to know how to communicate on a professional level.

Consider this – you go to the doctor because you are unwell.  The doctor says, “We did some ummm, you know, we sent the blood over to that place that looks at it?  The white stuff that’s in your blood is way too high.  I dunno…I’m thinking maybe you’ll die in six weeks.”

First of all, that shows lack of empathy and concern.  There was no professional diagnosis or thought of more tests.  Second, the doctor showed lack of professional communication because the doctor didn’t know the proper terminology.

It works the same as legal professionals.  You definitely do not want to be over a client’s head with legalese, but you don’t need to sound like the 15 year old that watches their five year old while they go out on date night.

Save the slang for your friends and family…and even then – use it on a sparing basis.  You are a professional now and you have an image to maintain.  Those are the people that send referrals to your supervising attorney.  You need to sound like you know what you’re talking about at all times.


Congratulations – You made it to week five.  I knew you could do it.

Four of you currently sit in my room taking your Intro to Law mid-term.  We discussed how to spot key words in a phrase to assist in using the book to find the correct answer.  I know you will all do well.


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