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IF YOU’RE NOT GROWING … The Many Ways We Grow in Life
Spring is a time of growth and rebirth. This month I wanted to talk about one of the phrases I live by: If you’re not growing, you’re dying. As children, we’re growing all the time, physically, mentally, and emotionally as we learn about the world and ourselves. As we get older and reach our 20s and 30s, we tend to slow down as there aren’t too many developmental changes for us to go through. We get up, go to work, come home, eat dinner, watch TV, go to bed — and repeat the next day. There’s nothing new to surprise us, so we stop growing. I believe this complacency is the worst thing we can do to ourselves. While we can’t do much to control the decline of our bodies as we age, we are usually in control of our minds. I may not be physically growing anymore, but I want to mentally grow throughout my life. Running the firm doesn’t leave me with a lot of free time, but when I have a moment to relax, I like to read. We have a library at the law firm with over 150 books. There are a number of legal books, but we also have books on self-help, time management, and skill building, like how to write software code. I’ve read all of them. Nonfiction books are my go-to, because I want to be learning something. When I read a book, if I walk away with just one new idea or observation, I call that a success. The importance of growth is something I incorporate at the firm. Atlanta is one of the most highly competitive cities in terms
This also translates into how we handle cases. Clients shouldn’t even feel like their attorney has forgotten about them. We should always be working on the cases we have, looking for ways to move it, feed it, and grow it. There’s no such thing as a guaranteed case. No matter how good a case looks, much like a garden, if we aren’t working on it, the case will fall apart and die. It’s our job to help each case grow to what it could be, so we can get the best possible outcome for our clients. No matter how old you are, there are a lot of ways you can keep growing in your life. Whether it’s personally or professionally, finding ways to grow and improve yourself is what keeps us thriving. -David Brauns
“If you’re not growing, you’re dying.”
of personal injury practices. If we rest on our laurels, decide we’re “the best,” and take it easy, there is another practice willing to work hard and push past us. We can’t kick back and decide we’re the best; our goal is to always be better. As I have said many times in the past, it is our ethical obligation to help everyone. It would be a disservice to our community to do otherwise. We know how good we are, and when potential clients go to another firm that doesn’t offer the high quality of service that we provide, then it means we’ve failed them.
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