The Half-Point Pivot: Switching Law Types Mid-Stride


Ever reach a point where you just…hit a wall?


We’re speaking metaphorically, of course, but say you’ve been working on a case or in a particular type of law for a while and suddenly you look up and it’s like the Shawshank Redemption—there’s fifteen feet of concrete around you and you’ve got nothing but a rock hammer to chisel your way out.


You feel closed in, obstructed, and totally confounded.

And you think to yourself: how the heck did I get here?

More importantly, can I get out?



Yes, you can. Other people have done it, my friend.


Case in point—Brian Clark, founder of Rainmaker Digital (formerly Copyblogger Media).


This is a guy who, one day, decided that working as an associate in the bowels of a Big Firm just didn’t work for him.  So, he left said Big Firm and hung out a shingle.


A virtual shingle.


Clark started writing email newsletters with a legal spin. He focused primarily on real estate, eventually building up a fairly decent following.


And from that pool of followers, he picked up a few clients.


And then a few more.


And before he knew it, the question of whether Clark could make a living was moot.  He was able to choose the various clients he wanted to take on.  His business was thriving, and all because he recognized what wasn’t working for him and took strides to make a change. This change ultimately led Clark to realize that, while he may not make the best associate, he did make a fantastic entrepreneurial lawyer—someone focused on the business aspect of the practice of law.



This type of “half-point pivot” is available to anyone and everyone. It simply takes guts and a willingness to think outside of the legal box you’re currently living in.  It also takes vision.  You have to be willing and able to look at yourself and determine whether you’re meant for a specific type of law.


For those of you who have already chosen one, you may have noticed that what you thought would be just isn’t. Maybe you’ve discovered that being a Maritime Lawyer doesn’t stroke your inner desire to argue and perhaps you should have gone with being a litigator instead. Maybe the way you practice law within your current field or industry just doesn’t live up to the hopes and dreams you once had, and likely still have.


If you are that person, this article is for you.


Making a switch—or pivoting mid-stride—is very brave. Not only will it serve you personally, it will also serve the law firm you are currently working for.  Truth be told, lawyers who do not enjoy their jobs don’t put forth the same kind of effort that lawyers who do. This isn’t a judgment, it’s science.  Studies show that employees who are unhappy or only slightly content with their career are less productive than their happier colleagues.  It makes sense, if you think about it. When you were a child and you wanted to play, yet your mother or father made you stay inside to clean your room, the results were more than likely sub-par. The spirit in which the cleaning was done was mediocre at best, and the same can be said for doing a job you only marginally enjoy. While you might do a “good job” and get things done on time, imagine if you were working in a type of law that serves you and your personality. Your work ethic and the results would be far superior!


But how can you make this kind of switch so far into the game?


By realizing that you control the game.  Changing the type of law you practice mid-stride might seem like starting over, but you’ll really be building on the things you’ve learned thus far.  Working in an industry you don’t like isn’t fruitless. It is a powerful tool that, when utilized properly, can help you create a law practice you love.


When you know what you don’t like you can better navigate towards the things that you do.  Use your current dissatisfaction as a springboard.  Use it to plot out a flight plan that will land you where you are truly meant to be—working in a type of law that plays to your strengths and stirs your heart…



“Happiness is a garden walled with glass: there’s no way in or out. In Paradise there are no stories, because there are no journeys. It’s loss and regret and misery and yearning that drive the story forward, along its twisted road.”

Margaret Atwood


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Encouraging Your Employees to be Healthy Can Increase Your Firm or Business’ Productivity


You read that right. Encouraging your employees to lead a healthy lifestyle can increase your firm or business’ productivity. Good physical health not only decreases the incidence of absence among workers, it also stimulates good mental health. Scientific research shows that healthier employees outperform their less than healthy counterparts. They are more productive, keep better focus, and have an increased drive to finish tasks and complete important projects. Advocating good employee health can be a great way to promote good function in your office or law firm, and it will also boost overall morale. There are a number of ways to accomplish good employee health, but possibly the best would be to create an Employee Health Policy. This policy would establish various ways to bolster your workers’ health throughout the day and help them to create a robust and holistic lifestyle.


Select Court Reporters has put together a few ideas for you to include in your firm or business’ Employee Health Policy:


1Mandatory Breaks.

While this might seem counterintuitive, especially in a law firm setting where time is most definitely money, breaks can help employees reset when dealing with mental blocks and during periods of confusion or boredom.  Breaks can also entice workers to start creating work instead of waiting to be told what to do.  Studies have shown that those who give in to distraction once an hour will perform better than those who just keep working without a break. The brain tends to go numb when dealing with constant stimulation and a person becomes unable to continuously view or treat a particular task as important.  Breaks allow employees to step away from a situation, grab a breath of fresh air, reset their noggin, and return to a task with more vigor and better concentration.


2. Drink 2 Liters of Water a Day.

Water is the lifeblood of the body. It hydrates, helps with organ health, and promotes increased brain activity. Our brains depend on proper hydration to function optimally. Brain cells require a delicate balance between water and various elements to operate, and when you lose too much water, that balance is disrupted. Your brain cells lose efficiency. Research has found that when the body is thirsty, we have more difficulty staying focused. Dehydration can impair short-term memory and even affect the recall of long-term memory. The ability to perform mental math, like calculating how much time you might have spent on a particular matter, is also compromised when your fluids are low.  A good way to encourage your employees to drink more water is to provide quart-sized water bottles bearing your firm or business logo (good way to advertise off-site as well). Hold contests to see who can drink the most water in a week and offer a free lunch at a healthy restaurant nearby as a prize!




3. Hold a Weekly Walking Meeting.

Walking is excellent for the heart and lungs, which in turn fuel that thought-full organ in our noggins. Establish a weekly walking meeting in small groups and get your blood pumping while you get your work done. A meeting outside the office is also a fantastic way to revitalize the mind. Remember how much fun school field trips were?  A change in locale can boost curiosity and get employees – and the boss – in the mood to innovate!




4. Purchase a Firm or Business Gym Membership.

Working out is just good for you.  We could chatter on about the numerous studies that support this truth, but we’re pretty sure you’ve likely heard it all. Lifting weights, cardio, and even yoga are extremely effective strategies for strengthening both mind and body.  A firm or business gym membership, which is usually cheaper for an employee, will definitely encourage them to get their exercise on and help support their health in the long run.





5. Reward Your Employees with a Monthly Chair Massage!

Once you start seeing the results of your Employee Health Policy, surprise your employees with a monthly chair massage! Massage helps to loosen muscles in the neck and shoulders—those used most by office workers who live on their computers. It can also reduce tension, anxiety, and the incidence of migraines or headaches.



Establishing a policy that encourages employee health will not only increase productivity, it will show them how much you appreciate them, something they will appreciate, in turn. Your staff is like your family. You rely on them as much as they rely on you. Wanting them to be in optimal health should be a high priority on your firm or business’ list of yearly goals.


Select Court Reporters wants you AND your staff to be as healthy as possible this year! We are proud to serve attorneys and firms in all areas of Central Florida including but not limited to Oviedo, Winter Springs, Sanford, Lake Mary, Ocoee, Longwood, Winter Park, Maitland, Apopka, Orlando, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs and Winter Garden, and look forward to providing ideas, advice, and, of course, exemplary court reporting services to those attorneys in need! Contact us today to discuss your priorities. We’d be happy to help!


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