GIVING THANKS FOR A YEAR IN BUSINESS
Bruce Law Turns 1
Halloween’s over, but at this time last year, I was embarking on a different scary exploit: starting my own law firm. Venturing out on our own is scary, whether it’s starting a business, ending a relationship, or changing careers. Deciding to go it on my own was hard primarily because I was working with two outstanding attorneys. But my family was expanding, and I realized it was time to make the change. Right before the birth of my second child, and right around Thanksgiving, I told my law partners what I was going to do. Thankfully, they had only congratulatory words for me, and I am grateful to still call them my friends.
over whether or not I could be successful. Each day was nerve wracking, but I was able to work with incredible clients and see the business grow as people heard about our services. When did things really start going well? When I stopped worrying about them. Instead of worrying I focused on getting things done. What followed was my confidence grew, and I started each day knowing it was going to work out. Reflecting on a year in business, the most important lesson I’ve learned is one that has guided me since the beginning: You can’t do everything yourself. I would not be able to do what I do without Ashley’s support and the support of my parents and her parents. My business wouldn’t run without the help of my paralegal, Nicole (who I’ll introduce you to on the next page). Even though I had an amazing team before, taking the step out of my comfort zone to start Bruce Law has brought home the lesson that it takes a team to be successful — at anything. Like any good business, marriage relies on a team. I may be a divorce attorney, but I’m the biggest advocate for nurturing a healthy marriage. When you choose someone to be your life partner, it’s a bond worth maintaining. I’ve started the website staymarriedflorida.com because I want to give you the tools to strengthen and nurture your marriage. It was this time last year that I ventured out on my own in law. You know what else I’ve noticed about this time of year? Around Thanksgiving, business slows down. People are spending time with their families and putting thoughts of divorce on hold. While this can be positive, if there are struggles in your marriages, those won’t just pass with the holidays. As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to tell you all how grateful I am for the opportunity to advise and work with you. Thank you to Ashley, my parents and in-laws, my former law partners, and everyone who has been part of Bruce Law. It takes a team, and I’m lucky and thankful to have a great one.
Fortunately, I wasn’t making this step on my own. Even after we’d just had a baby, Ashley was supportive of my decision to embark on this new adventure. Not only did I have the support of my spouse, but the lawyers at my previous practice were supportive, and having their vote of confidence made me realize I was ready to take the step.
– Chris Bruce
When you take a leap of faith, you realize just how much you depend on your team. I had a lot of fears when I started Bruce Law. I was concerned
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