What the 2010s Taught Me Here we are, at the start of a new year and a new decade! In some ways, the 2010s seemed to fly by, and, in others, it felt like a lifetime. Looking back over the past 10 years and the life shaping events that they held for my family and I, it’s no surprise that the whole experience has felt like one long blur of activities. After all, this was our firm’s first decade of operation, and so much more. In 2010, the recession was still very much being felt here in Jacksonville. The whole city seemed to be on it’s back foot, our family included. At the time, I was raising my 6- and 4-year-old daughters at home, and had just given birth to my son. With a newborn added to the mix at a time when the whole country was facing economic uncertainty, it was clear that we were going to need a change. And so, later that same year, I started the Florida Women’s Law Group. I’d like to say that I had a clear picture of how this firm was going to evolve and grow, but that wouldn’t be the truth. In those early days I was operating almost purely on survival mode: doing my best to be there for my family and my clients. As much as this made life a hectic whirlwind for my team and I, the end result was more than worth it. To be fair, I did my best not to jump in blind. I’d carved out time for myself to get educated on the ins and outs of running a small business, which more than paid off in the long run. To anyone dreaming of going into business for themselves one day, I cannot emphasize this point enough: there are great mentors out there that want to help you turn your dream into a reality. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and open yourself up to new perspectives. I avoided so many early pitfalls faced by young law firms thanks to those who have shared their experiences and insights. I still had blindspots though. If I could go back and offer myself one piece of advice, it would be to learn to share responsibility early on. I was (and
am) very protective of my clients and had a “if you want something done right, do it yourself ” approach to representing them. This made it hard for me to find the right talent to grow our team, as I was hesitant to hire anyone who didn’t fit my idea of a perfect employee. I still have very high standards, but the past decade has taught me to have a better eye for potential and capability than unrealistic perfection. I wouldn’t ever have imagined our firm would grow to be what it is today, providing the high caliber of service we do to so many women throughout the community. Intellectually, I know it took a lot of stress and sleepless nights to get us here — but the funny thing is, I don’t remember those moments. Looking back, I remember the good times. I’m reminded of the excitement and the milestones that got us from one stage to the next, and the joy that came with serving more and more families. I remember birthdays and family trips, and all the great “firsts” that come with watching your kids grow up. The stress of those desperate early days are all but forgotten — which is something I often try to communicate to my clients. I know from experience that as bad as a situation can seem in the moment, if you keep striving forward to change your future, you won’t dwell on where you started — you’ll focus on how far you’ve come. That’s why I can’t wait for the next ten years. The 2020s will see my kids heading off to college one by one, and our firm’s continued expansion. Sure, there will be challenges and unforeseen road blocks along the way. But if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that so long as we remain committed to the people and the work most important to us, these obstacles will become part of the story of our success.
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