Question of the Week

How have you gotten yourself out of a professional or personal rut?


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“One of the biggest problems I see as a lawyer who represents small business owners is failure to launch,” Florida solo Suzanne Meehle writes at Solo Practice University. But lawyers—including herself—are not immune, she writes.

“You can read up on every book about starting a law firm. You can take every class offered on Solo Practice University. You can save up six months of your Big Law salary, and you still won’t feel secure when you turn in your notice to the managing partner. I know. I was that lawyer.” More recently, Meehle said she dragged her feet “for ages” about getting fit before she saw that “a friend was using one of those annoying apps that posts to Facebook every time she went for a run, and it caught my eye.” Meehle asked the friend about it. Now, she’s run four half-marathons since March 2013.

So this week we’d like to ask you: How have you gotten yourself out of a professional or personal rut? What was the first step for you that finally got you to quit your job, start that new business, or dive into a lasting fitness routine? Did more positive changes follow once you broke a dead-end routine?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: What attributes will you (or did you) consider when deciding where to practice law?

Featured answer:

Posted by G.P.: “About half of my sweat pores don’t work, so I’m looking to practice in a cold area after law school. I hope to intern in Alaska during a summer and stay over during winter break with my aunt who lives there so I can see if I can handle the climate. Other than a chilly climate, I want to work for the government, so availability of a government job is a close second.”

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