Monday, December 29, 2014

HuffPo on the reasons lawyers are miserable

HuffPo has an excerpt from a forthcoming book by Adele Barlow called Leaving Law: How Others Did It & You Can Too" which you can order here.  In the meantime, here's an excerpt from the author's post at HuffPo:

Were you only going to be a lawyer until you figured out what to 'really' do with your life?


"Having to go into work on a Saturday with a raging hangover and a bucket of KFC to spend 12 hours reviewing documents that bored me silly was a definite low point," one ex-lawyer admitted.


"But it was more a growing sense of doom that I had made a terrible mistake with my choice of career and if I didn't do something soon, I could be trapped there forever."


She now works as a television script editor and was one of the many ex-lawyers I interviewed as I tried to understand how more Escape the City members could plan a smart exit strategy from the legal profession.


I also turned to the ideas of Dr. Martin Seligman, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Seligman is widely considered to be the father of the positive psychology movement and is the author of Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realise Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment within which an entire chapter is dedicated to exploring why so many lawyers are unhappy.

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"(Mental) Health is Wealth"


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Half-Empty Glasses


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Low decision latitude'

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