It is often forgotten that attorneys who run a solo practice or small firms are entrepreneurs as well. In fact, many lawyers themselves fail to appreciate the full business-aspects of their practice until they fully take the plunge. After spending years in school and (often) many more years working under others, many attorneys are focused intently on actually practicing law and not the reality of running a business. This is one reason why attorneys running their own practice are cited as some of the most stressed workers in the world.
Don't just "Work Through It"
As an Entrepreneur magazine piece outlines this month, stressed professionals are not just unhappy--they are unproductive. Believe it r not, there is not a connection between working ridiculous hours, feeling overwhelmed, and making more money. In many cases, the opposite is true. If you tackle too much yourself, then mistakes are made, projects are postponed, and your business suffers.
Your body suffers as well. As the Entrepreneur piece reminds:
- Long-term risk taking and the demands of wearing multiple hats make entrepreneurs easy prey for chronic stress, which compromises the immune system, increases bad cholesterol, and decreases the good kind. Bravado and busyness can keep entrepreneurs in denial mode until the paramedics arrive.
One of many recommendations made in the story is to "Hire Somebody." The authors note that "doing it yourself can cost well more than the price of a helping hand."
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