I was on my way to Dallas and picked up an Oprah Magazine… and found a great article titled, A Thing or Two I Wish I Knew. It’s the classic – If I knew then what I know now… They "asked accomplished men and women for the advice they’d give the 25-year-old they used to be." An interesting concept… right? Here are a few thought provoking bits of advice that lawyers could be reminded of…
Michael J. Fox, 50, actor and activist.
‘When the time comes to chase your dreams, and it will, they may seem elusive: but know you won’t catch them all at once. Just one challenge at a time. When success comes, and it will, don’t gobble it up – savor and share it, and it will last. When love comes, and it will, don’t bury it in expectation and projection – be prepared to fall in love all over again every day. When the unexpected and inconceivable intrudes on life, and it will, deal with life’s actual events – don’t obsess about perceived eventualities. Relax – enjoy the ride.’
Candy Crowley, 63, CNN anchor and chief political correspondent.
‘Be brave. Most times the answer to "What’s the worst that can happen?" is "Nothing you can’t handle." There will be aggravating, sleep-deprived, hurried days dealing with the nonsensical and the stupid – and you should find a way to enjoy them. You’re not going to get those days back.’
Mika Brzezinski, 44, cohost of MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
‘Mika, Mika, Mika! Stop taking everything so personally. Don’t waste your time wondering why somebody didn’t return your call or spoke gruffly to you. Even more crucial, do not – and I repeat, do not – bring the baggage of a bad moment with someone to your next meeting: if you command respect and good cheer in a room, others will follow.
We often get buried in our work and feel that things aren’t happening fast enough… trust in your ability and have faith that it will all work out. Be in the present and savor every moment… and when the moments aren’t the best, shake it off and bring your smiling face to the next experience! Now THAT is a formula for happiness… what could you add?