Law Offices of Marc L. Shapiro - March 2020

March 2020

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Listen Across America Day

The Power of the Written Word


arch 2 is Read Across America Day, but if you’re a fan of audiobooks like I am, you might be more inclined to celebrate Listen Across America Day. I have an Audible account, which I find lets me read

“They say the most successful people read more books than other people.”

— or more accurately, listen to — books more frequently. I don’t have a lot of free time, but with audiobooks, I’m able to go through books easily while I’m in the car on my way to work or on plane trips.

They say the most successful people read more books than other people. My Audible library is full of business and self-help books, most of which have a focus on mindset. As a business owner, I need to develop a sharp mindset. When you open your own law firm, it’s not enough to be a good attorney. I’ve seen many talented attorneys struggle because they didn’t know how to also be good business owners. They made decisions because they were worried about being able to pay the next month’s rent, and their clients’ cases suffered for it. There’s a reason our motto is “Big enough to handle serious cases, small enough to care.”We want our clients to experience the care and personal relationship that come with a small firm while also getting the financial security that comes with a bigger law firm. Because bigger firms aren’t worried about keeping the lights on, they can afford to hire the best experts for cases. However, these large firms often lose sight of the personal touch. Our clients deserve the best of both worlds, and I’ve worked hard to make sure I’m running my business property so we can be a financially sound firm. Today, we can still give our clients that personal care and attention while also being able to invest in the resources we need to win their cases. I’ve been able to achieve this by attending seminars, working with business coaches, and, of course, reading good books on business strategy. One of the most helpful books I’ve ever read is the classic “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.

At the moment, there are three books I’m working through: “The Miracle Morning: The Not-so-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life Before 8AM” by Hal Elrod, “Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended on It” by Christopher Voss and Tahl Raz, and “The Three Laws of Performance: Rewriting the Future of Your Organization and Your Life” by Dave Logan and Steve Zaffron.

I’m currently in the middle of all of these books because I have a habit of listening to a little of one book, then skipping over to another one and listening to a little of that. This must sound horrifying to completionists, but I swear it works for me. While I do read a lot of audiobooks, I do have a bookshelf of “real” books in my office. It’s full of books I’ve read as well as a number of books I want to read. One of these books is Don Miguel Ruiz’s “The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.” I’ve never read this book, but a couple people in my office have and swear by it, so I’m looking forward to reading it eventually.

-Marc L. Shapiro

It’s important to remember that reading is only half the battle. Once you learn new ideas, it’s up to you to put them into action.

I think it’s important for everyone to read or listen to books regularly, especially if you want to better yourself.

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