Law Office of Elliott Kanter APC February 2018

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February 2018

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: ‘GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY’ SELF-HELP THAT ACTUALLY HELPS

A big part of being both a father and an attorney is encouraging others to strive toward the life they want for themselves. “Do what you want to do” is a mantra I’ve told my daughters time and time again. I’ve even passed this advice on to clients who have expressed uncertainty about their future. Recently, I discovered a book that really captures this philosophy. TOO OFTEN WE STRIVE FOR PERFECTION OR LET OUR FEAR OF FAILURE PARALYZE US. WE HAVE TO ACCEPT OUR SHORTCOMINGS AND STOP BUILDING IMAGINARY OBSTACLES AROUND THEM. “Get Out of Your Own Way” by public relations expert Justin Loeber, has made quite the impression on me. Normally, I am not interested in the self-help genre. I’ve tried to pick up books in this vein over the years, but I’ve found they mostly contain the same dull, repackaged advice. “Never give up,” they tell you. “Dream big,” they advise. But rarely do these works delve into any concrete ways to actually do these things.

Loeber’s book is different. For starters, it is actually helpful. The whole work stays centered on its tagline: “10 Steps to Shift Gears, Dream Big, Do it Now!” All of these steps are practical, attainable, and keep the work grounded in reality. Loeber isn’t here to offer soothing, empty platitudes. He’s interested in actually helping people — something surprisingly rare in this genre. This really comes across in his writing. He keeps his tone down to earth, almost conversational. While some may find his language “too millennial,” I think it’s a refreshing approach. Most self-help books are written as if the author is talking down to the reader. With over 30 years of experience as a defense lawyer, I can say this is the last tone you want to take with someone you are trying to help. The overarching lesson of “Get Out of Your Own Way” is to do just that: stop holding yourself back. We all have those moments of self-doubt where we worry we aren’t smart, attractive, or talented enough to get anywhere in this life. Too often we strive for perfection or let our fear of failure paralyze us. We have to accept our shortcomings and stop building imaginary obstacles around them. Reading this book has been a great reminder of why I chose to pursue my own dream of being a lawyer. I’ve since given copies to my

daughters, despite the fact they’ve both proven more than capable of chasing their passions. My eldest now works in PR herself, and my youngest is vigorously pursuing her dream of being an actor! I couldn’t be more proud. I, too, am pursuing a longstanding dream: renovating the office. We’ve been in the same space for over 20 years, and it’s time for a fresh coat of paint, among other things. In the short term, that means we’ll be occupying a slightly smaller space just downstairs from our usual location. Thank you for bearing with us as we bring our dream of an updated office to fruition. It will enable us to serve you even better in the long term.

Don’t be afraid to chase your dreams,

-Elliott Kanter

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