Learning Keeps This Lawyer Young

Coaching For Lawyers Newsletter for December 2011

I’m a strong believer in what Henry Ford said about how learning helps us stay young.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” — Henry Ford

Here are some ways I’ve found to “stay young” this year:

In September I went to the International Coach Federation conference in Las Vegas. I was very inspired by Steve Farber’s keynote message that

not only do you have to love what you do,

you have to love your clients, and

have your clients love you!”     I used his theme working with my clients these past few months.

I read a lot of great books this year, here are just a few I enjoyed and recommend:

Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard by Dan Heath

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

The Hunger Games: a young adult page turner by Suzanne Collins

I updated my website, I enjoyed finding images that help explain what I do.

I help lawyers enjoy life.

I especially like this “live life” image.

 

 

 

My most exciting technological purchase this year was my Scanscap s1500 printer/scanner. I attended the Washington State Bar Association Small and Solo firm conference at Ocean Shores in July at which the Scanscap was frequently recommended, and the first thing I did when I came home was buy it! It’s been wonderful for helping me move my office to a paper less system. I loved scanning my conference notes and throwing away the hard copies.

I paid attention to a dream that motivated me to return to Weight Watchers in May. Weight Watchers is probably the first and best coaching experience I had in my early 20’s. I guess I’ve always been attracted to accountability and positive reinforcement as a way to achieve goals.  I’m very pleased to have lost over 15 lbs.

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