Brauns Law September 2017


September 2017


A Favorite Lyric Highlights a Truth I Love A Song to Inspire

I know what you’re thinking: A lawyer who listens to rap music? Hollywood would have you believe only a certain type of person practices law, but I learned quickly in law school that’s not the case. They come from all kinds of backgrounds. Then again, how rare is it to find people who listen to Drake? He was the top-selling recording artist in the world last year. Whether you have an appreciation for his music or not, hopefully you can appreciate the sentiment of one of my favorite lyrics of his, taken from his 2013 hit song of the same name: It’s a short line, but it’s packed with meaning. It could be something different for you, different for me. For Drake, “here” refers to his spot at the top of the rap world. For me, it means my place as a successful lawyer. For you, it could be anything — financial stability, full recovery from injury, etc. But we all have one thing in common: We all started somewhere. You probably know what it’s like to be at the bottom. It’s my firm belief that starting at the bottom is a gift, not a deficit. Let me explain why. I didn’t necessarily start at the bottom, but I sure found it at a very young age. I was born in an upper-middle-class family. My father was an entrepreneur who owned several gas stations and a VHS rental store, and he did pretty well for himself. Unfortunately, he made some poor financial decisions, and when I was 14, the IRS seized everything. For a while, we were practically homeless. I had to get a work permit so I could find a job to pay for necessities like clothing. It was hard and a greater burden than most 14-year-olds have on their shoulders, but I’m grateful for it because it instilled in me a work ethic I otherwise wouldn’t have had. I might not be a lawyer if not for that difficult time. “Started from the bottom, now we’re here.”

“Started from the bottom, now we’re here.”

Having lived in poverty, I now wake up every day with a fear of loss. I don’t want to go back there. But I’ve been able to turn that fear into a driving force. I’ve read that even billionaires, including Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, carry that same fear, despite having substantial wealth. No matter where you are in life, if you can harness the drive to succeed, you will blow everyone else out of the water. Embrace the challenge; it’s the unchallenged people who don’t accomplish much. Since I’ve been to the bottom, I have the drive to do help others get out of it. That drive is what’s guided me in my work. We have many clients who live paycheck to paycheck or who can’t work because of an injury. Our purpose is to help these people navigate this difficult time and pull themselves back up. Are you at the bottom, looking to pull yourself up? Let us know how we can help. - David Brauns


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