Reflection: Why I Do What I Do
"This is the way I've always done it is a poor reason to be doing the things you are doing now, the way you are doing it."
I believe that it is good to take some time every once in awhile to re-examine why you of what you do and whether your current trajectory is one you would choose if you have the choice. I also believe that when unique opportunities knock, you'd better open the door. Recently these two beliefs intersected in a really cool way that resulted in a great video profile in the I am Small Business Proud ™ project, an article featured in Forbes.com about my law practice and best of all the opportunity for me to dig deep, be introspective, and explain why I do what I do. The entire experience was just too cool not to share.
It all started when I was contacted by the team at Capital One Spark™ Business who was working on the I am Small Business Proud ™ project. This project involved a couple of (very cool) filmmakers (Trisha Dalton and John Sears)road-tripping across the country interviewing entrepreneurs in various states along the way and asking them to tell their stories. Apparently the team was considering a stop in our very own Tri-Cities, WA and they wanted to know whether I would consider being profiled.
Of course I said yes and I ended up meeting with the road trip team in June (yes, it took me this long to write about it - testament to how busy of a summer and start to the school year I had). I couldn't have been more thrilled with the entire experience, from the interview at my home office, to the opportunities to meet with the fantastic road-tripping film crew to how the video turned out.
Here's my I am Small Business Proud interview video if you'd like to see how it turned out.
Later, I was even contacted by free-lance writer Natalie Burge who wanted to specifically interview me about the realities of my solo/home-based/in-the-cloud. I enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on the path that took me to such a style of practice, what I enjoy about it, and how I think it best serves my client.
Here's the article by Natalie Burge (as published in Forbes.com) if you'd like to read it.
In retrospect I am truly grateful for these opportunities, not for the fame but for the opportunity to take a breather, re-examine what I do and why I do it. I ended up deciding that I needed to blog about thid not to "toot my own horn" (which has never been my style) but for two reasons. First, I want to say thank-you to my clients and the entire entrepreneurial community here - I wouldn't have this opportunity to build a law practice that I love if you didn't trust me to help you with your legal needs. Second, I strongly encourage everyone who is "doing things differently" to take some time to re-examine what you do, why and how you do it, and whether you're on the right trajectory. I did and the insights I gained were priceless.
If you've stopped to do some introspection lately, I'd love to hear what you've discovered. Post in the comments or connect with me!