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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Keep It Simple

A friend and mentor of mine taught me a valuable lesson the other day. What is it? Keep it simple...and avoid overkill! Sometimes, as a lawyer (and especially a younger lawyer), you tend to overdo things because you get so wrapped up in the trees, i.e., the thing you're working on, that you lose sight of forrest, i.e., the big picture. As a result, you lose your bearings because you are trying to do all this extra stuff that doesn't help your client out, or you, at all. This seems like such a simple concept -- and so obvious -- but it can be easily overlooked. Trust me, don't do it! Always keep sight of the result you're trying to achieve -- and don't waste time getting there!

Be result oriented. It pays off.

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