In addition to the 45% of the Class of 2011 who didn't get jobs practicing law, there are 1000s of former associates who were cut loose from all sizes of firms and will never work in the legal sector again. That's a reality of the paradigm shifts in the business of law.
Yet, many of those who will never get into the box or have been knocked out of the box continue to cultivate a legal-sector mindset, networks going all the back to law school and the first few jobs, and up-to-date information about rulings and even regulations.
Of course, that keeps them stuck. They come across as lawyers so those outside the law won't hire them. Why in the world would a publisher of a media property needing advertising take on someone who speaks, thinks, and has the body language of a lawyer? In addition, viewing the world through the mental models of a lawyer prevents other opportunities from getting on that big screen where the rest of us spot opportunities.
The solution? Observe those in the iEconomy. They cling to nothing and no one. Instead of career paths there are projects. Instead of networks there are project teams who are together today and disbanded tomorrow. Rather than a body of language there are fresh insights picked up from anywhere and anyone. Forget keeping up-to-date. The total context is now.
In 2003, after losing my professional identity, for the third time since I began earning a buck (Download Geezerguts), I evolved into an iEconomy worker. I operate out of the mental space of the moment. That's the only place in which I conduct business.
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