I’m not saying solo attorneys can’t succeed. But, like raising a family to succeed, it takes a village — both professionally and personally.
Being a solo can be lonely and frustrating at times. However, with the right mindset and supporting cast it can be the most rewarding.
To make it the most rewarding, make sure you surround yourself with individuals you trust and who care about you. I was fortunate enough to not only find great legal mentors prior to actually entering the legal field and after but also found a great wife who is caring and understanding.
When you find that supporting cast, don’t take advantage of it and don’t let them feel under appreciated. It is the small things that matter.
Send flowers or even a small thank you note to those who have taken your calls and answered questions you may not have known the answer to or who you just wanted some reassurance from that what you were doing makes sense.
If you are not busy at work (or even if you are), take time to stop and smell the roses. If you are fortunate to work near where you live, do a surprise visit home to eat lunch with the family or take an afternoon off and do something fun. They know how busy you are, so doing small things like this occasionally have much larger impact than words of gratitude does.
Remember even if you are a successful solo attorney, you likely did not become successful on your own.