Premier Law Group - May 2020

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captain’s log

May 2020

Lessons My Mom Taught Me

Every Business and Family Needs a Starship Engineer

I credit my mom with a lot of the success I’ve had in my life. My dad’s a surgeon, and growing up, my mom ran the business side of his practice. Before that, she owned and operated a gift shop and jewelry store. She loves business, and she’s good at it. From watching her, I learned that success is about more than just being really good at what you do. You can be the best surgeon or lawyer in the world, but if nobody knows about you, you’re not going to have any patients or clients. My mom taught me how essential it is to understand the big picture of Premier Law Group and to think about the business , not just the law. Education is a paramount value in my family. It mattered to my parents that my sisters and I received good educations, and I credit my mom, specifically, with putting me in a position where I could succeed in the school environment. Like any good starship engineer, she was proactive. I started at public school but transitioned to Overlake School when I was 15. My mom was able to understand the strengths and weaknesses of 15-year-old Jason, and she saw that I needed a different environment to succeed. Once I moved schools, I was much more successful. Just like a small course correction early on produces a big result later, changing schools when I did completely reshaped the trajectory of my path. My mom married my dad when they were just 18 years old. They’ve been married 60 years now, and together, they worked well as a team to raise us kids. She’s the engineer that kept the family — and the family business — together.

In “Star Trek,” the ship’s engineer, Scotty, doesn’t get nearly as much love as Captain Kirk does. More often than not, though, when their backs are against a wall, it’s Scotty’s clear thinking and forethought that save them. Despite the fact that he is an essential — in many ways, the most essential — crew member, Scotty remains largely unsung. Every business and family needs somebody like Scotty, and growing up, my mom was that person. She worked behind the scenes both at home and in the business my parents ran together. She always understood the big picture of where the ship was headed and in exactly what condition it was in. She made sure the crew (my two sisters and I or the clinic employees) understood her vision so that we could all row in the same direction.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. Thank you for everything.

-Jason Epste in

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