Sometimes, an undesirable event happens to you out of the blue. Recently, for example, we lost a talented paralegal who I had no idea was looking for a position elsewhere. When they told me they were leaving, I was shocked and dismayed. It caught me completely by surprise, and though I did my best to get through the conversation without revealing my distress, I went immediately to my office after speaking to them. I closed the door, sat at my desk, and had a pity party for myself. This great person was leaving, we were in a pinch, and I was bummed the heck out. After a short period of time, however, I snapped out of it. Once I changed my perspective, I realized that the paralegal was doing something to improve their career. My office was a stepping stone on a journey to creating a better life for themselves and their family. Who am I to be angry about that? I’ve transitioned careers and workplaces before, so I know what it’s like to see a chance for yourself and take it. However jarring the transition was — and I still believe it could’ve been handled much better — an entrepreneur can’t fault their team for trying to grow their own careers. I’m trying to grow my firm, and it would be hypocritical of me to resent my team for working on their own growth and advancement. With a fresh mindset, I realized that the challenge of losing one paralegal is an opportunity to hire another of an even higher caliber. I’ve learned that the need to always hire better is one of the great challenges of running a business. Our clients deserve the best possible experience, and it’s our job to constantly raise the bar in terms of what that means. A lot of this comes down to surrounding myself with the right people. When you get good ones, you want ‘em to stay as long as possible. And when a good one goes, you need to fill that gap with a stronger candidate than before. No two people are alike, and everyone brings unique skills to their position, but by ever-increasing our hiring standard, we ensure our quality of work never dips. WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU CHALLENGES MAKE OPPORTUNITIES
In all aspects of life, it’s beneficial to maintain this attitude. Life follows its own rules and can even change the rules as it goes along. Certain situations render us powerless before leaving us to pick up the pieces. When this happens, it’s easy to hang our heads and sulk. The “woe is me” attitude never accomplishes anything. When something bad happens to us, when a challenge presents itself, we have to see it as an opportunity to grow and become better. Otherwise, it’s likely to overwhelm us. I get to watch this firsthand all the time because nobody wants to get into a car accident. It is the very definition of an uncontrollable situation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn from it. Dealing with the aftermath of an accident can give you the chance to learn more about the law and medicine, improve your driving habits for the better, and put you in touch with an attorney, which is something most people don’t do unless they have to. These experiences can enrich your life, and going through an accident can shape your sense of resolve and determination. Now, I’m not here saying everyone should seek out terrible events in order to steel themselves for the future. I’m just pointing out that when we improve as people, it’s not usually because everything’s going rosy. If you keep this in mind the next time an unexpected calamity occurs, it will be a lot easier to see the challenge for what it is: an opportunity.
-Melissa Emery WWW.EMERYLAWOFFICE .COM | 1emerylawoffice.com
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