During my last semester of law school, “Snowmaggedon” dropped more than a foot of snow on Maryland. We all remember the brutal days and nights of law school, and while it would be easy to justify a day off from studying because classes are canceled, I did not even entertain the idea.
Getting ahead means working just a little bit harder every day.
Why am I telling you this? Because as a young attorney you need to find a way to differentiate yourself and, most of all, you need to be able to easily answer the question on every clients’ mind: “Why should I hire you?”
It’s starts by not taking that snow day. Last week, when we experienced the “bomb cyclone” and the courts were closed and many larger law offices were closed, my door was open and my phone was on. I had a bonus day to get ahead since I wouldn’t be in court that day.
Don’t get me wrong – I am all for a work-life balance. I have two small children that eagerly look forward to evenings and weekends with me, and I am always available for them. What I am saying is, find those hours when others might choose to take a snow day, or a sick day, or a vacation day and answer your phone and emails. I bet you’ll see very quickly that your dedication and drive will pay off quickly.