The Secrets to a Happy and Successful Legal Career
Last week I had the good fortune to provide three hours of wellness training to The Florida Bar at their mid-year meeting.
Cultivating a more positive and tranquil outlook is something I’ve been pursuing ever since I listened to an episode of Science Friday. A happiness researcher, Daniel Nettle, got my attention with the following lightning bolt:
“The best predictor of how happy you’ll be in 20 years’ time is simply how happy you are now, which is a sobering thought because we all believe that we’re going to have some incredible transformation in the next couple of years that will change everything.”
To me, this meant that I had to actively pursue a happy lifestyle or else twenty years would go by and I would never be the person I wanted to be. Was this one of the reasons I quit my job and started Rocket Matter? Maybe. It certainly got me moving in a positive direction.
The question is, however, is it possible with what we know from research to turn from grumpy to happy, or at least non-grumpy?
The answer is 100% yes. To find out more, please check out my slide deck from the presentation. Here are some of the highlights and most important takeaways:
- In my talk, I referred to writing my schedule down on this sheet (click here to download it) every morning. In addition to blocking off my appointments, I write three things that I accomplished the day before and three things I’m grateful for. For instance today, I was grateful for 1) my kids 2) my wife and 3) not having the nasty flu that’s going around. My accomplishments for the previous 24 hours: 1) finished a press release on a new feature 2) survived a very intense Orangetheory workout and 3) finalized my Q1 planning.
- My favorite meditation app is Meditation by Fitness22. It is available for iPhone and Android. I find it to be as useful as any of the techniques or disciplines I’ve spent thousands of dollars on over the years.
- My favorite nutrition tracking software is called LoseIt.
- I was asked about email management—twice. I recommended SaneBox for filtering out the unimportant, Zero Inbox as a processing technique, and Slack or my own product’s Communicator to reduce intra-firm email.
- I would also like to showcase a remarkable TED talk by Sean Achor, “The Happy Secret to Better Work.“
A big shout out to the Florida Bar for their focus on the importance of wellness under the leadership of current bar president, Michael Higer.