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Today is a holiday for a lot of people. If it’s a slow day for you, you might want to spend some time taking inventory of what’s going on in your life. Reflect on what you’ve worked on recently and how it turned out. Think about what you’re working on now and what you have to do to complete it. Look at the list of tasks and projects you plan to start soon and identify…
We’re trained to see both sides of an issue and that’s good. It makes us better at our job. But building a successful law practice requires you to stand out from the herd.  One way to do that is to choose sides on a controversial issue. Not politics or religion, although you could choose one of these if you’re willing to go all in. No, I’m talking about something less ideological. Something like reverse mortgages. …
I got a postcard from a real estate broker team in my area looking for listings. The first thing you read on the postcard is a series of bullet points: We LOVE Real Estate!!!! We LOVE our clients! Thank you for your support over the years. We LOVE listings! We get the most eyes on your property. We LOVE negotiating! We fight hard for your money. We LOVE selling houses! That’s what we do best.…
Last night I did quite a bit of work on my laptop. This morning, when I logged into the app on my desktop, I found that the work I’d done hadn’t synced.  Yes, I save, and yes, I have backups, but last night’s work didn’t back up.  So, I lost a lot of work. Too bad, so sad.  Question is, what am I going to do about it?  That’s simple. I’m going to suck it…
When I was in law school, I helped the girl I was dating with a couple of legal issues. Don’t get excited, I was under the supervision of a practicing lawyer. That girl and I got married and have lived happily ever after. I was thinking, what if I had been licensed at the time I helped her with those matters? Today, in many jurisdictions,  I might be in trouble since dating a client is verboten.…
When you need a new computer and visit a retailer to see what’s available, the sales person (if they’re doing their job) will probably ask you a series of questions: What will you be doing with it? Are there any “must have” features? Anything that’s “good to have but not required?” What’s your budget? Your answers will help eliminate from consideration computers that don’t have the power or features you want or need or that…
Comes this question: What do you do when a prospective client  (who found you through the Internet) tells you they probably won’t hire you because they’ve had free consultations with several of your competitors, suggesting that one of them will get the nod? If most of your competition offers free consultations, and you don’t, should you change course to stay competitive? Maybe.  If you get (or want to get) most of your clients via an Internet…
Scrivener is my favorite writing app for long documents. I use it on two Windows machines and my iPhone.  But Scrivener has a flaw. Because of the way the software is built, you can’t use iCloud to sync between devices, you have to use Dropbox.  (Funny, I use another writing app that doesn’t play well with Dropbox; I have to use iCloud to sync.) Anyway, on the App store, Scrivener generally gets great reviews, but…
I read a lot of articles and posts about a lot of different subjects. Some provide information I can use in my business or personal life, some are inspiring, some are just plain fun. ome articles make me check the calendar to make sure it’s not April 1st. Behold: “Minimize Worry by Scheduling It Into Your Day,” summarizes an article in Psychology Today promoting the idea of scheduling 30 minutes a day on…
Contrary to popular belief, I’m not a hermit. I like being around people. But like most introverts, I can only handle so much of that before I get antsy or fatigued or ready to scream. I can speak on a stage in front of thousands. But for personal communication, I prefer one-on-one or small groups. Also, I usually prefer to work alone. Not always, not for everything, but given most of the projects I am…