One of the things I am certain of is that if I had not found a way to change the way I practice I would have gone from solo lawyer to something altogether different, something that probably would have had very little to do with lawyer.
I know this because I took one year off to go into financial services. That was a total failure as a business, even as I spent two-plus years laying the ground work for it while I continued to practice.
As a lawyer, I have always known: 1) I didn’t want to work in firms; 2) I didn’t want to do rote work, and 3) I didn’t want to just manage. Granted, there are rarely those cases that present a challenge worthy of an Atticus Finch—and I certainly don’t think of myself even close to that ideal.
But I’ve come to learn that it’s the details of people’s lives that will provide the most challenge when it comes to the practice and finding solutions for their problems. This in itself can and often does provide a challenge of sorts.
Thanks to that abysmal failure in financial services, I was able to finally merge what I wanted from the practice with a way of doing it that compliments the other parts of my life. In trying to make that failed business work, I learned quite a bit that I implement in my practice today. But, it’s an evolving thing; and provides its own challenges as well.
I know that I will not grow beyond my assistant because it doesn’t serve my purposes. But it is interesting to see the progress of those around me when they decide do decide to grow beyond solo.