I am always looking for resources to help me write better. Here’s an interesting twist: study the writing skills of five great Presidents and adapt those lessons to modern legal writing.
What is the successful lawyer?
Lawyers, more than most, need clear thinking to succeed. With the demands and distractions clawing at a lawyers attention, finding clarity to make good decisions that affect a client’s wealth, freedom or children is a formidable challenge. Ryan Holiday, author of the Daily Stoic Blog and many other books and essays, has written a guidebook that allows us to do so. “Stillness is the Key” is the final volume of his trilogy, which all use ancient wisdom to teach us how to function in a noisy and contentious world.
One of the ways I stay sane in the often insane world of family law is by studying Stoic philosophy daily. I was exposed to stoicism by reading Ryan Holiday’s great book, “The Obstacle is the Opportunity,” which is an extended essay on historical figures’ reliance on Stoic principles to overcome adversity. I highly recommend it.
To be successful, a lawyer must have insight into the whole human catastrophe and be able to effectively traverse the legal system. It is the intersection of these two disciplines that fascinate me. I have been a lifelong student of both human nature and the law, and have created this blog to help others following my path.
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