Your career trajectory has shifted from sustained success to your fear of losing your job or your own business associated with the legal sector.
Maybe you haven't been winning trials or bringing in new business.
Maybe the power structure in your organization has changed.
Maybe you are being sued.
Maybe you just recognize you are stale.
Well welcome to the Comeback Process. The career comeback has become the new standard rite of passage.
Professional life is no longer linear.
More and more of us are getting lost or actually falling off a cliff. As we age, there are those who advise us to hang it all up and retire. No, we don't have to listen.
Even associates, plain-vanilla partners and mid-level government lawyers are in this pickle.
Remember when, the need for a comeback only used to be for those such as Lee Iacocca who had big jobs and high profiles. After being fired from Ford, he put together a roaring comeback at Chrysler.
Right now, we should have come to expect success to stop or even blow up.
Of course, there are myriad ways back. They include an executive coach, retraining in a trade such as long-haul truck driving or a profession such as business management, opening a business and hiring a public relations firm.
During the most recent time my communications boutique stalled I was weary of all the usual approaches.
Instead I thought about my male friends who had recovered from life in their "male caves." Post-divorce, loss of job or a health situation, they reconfigured their living quarters into a primitive refuge. If they had a significant other, that person was banished for the time being. Miracle transformations took place.
Mmmmmm, I figured. I will set up an e-cave. The physical location is a basement apartment in SmallTown USA in the Midwest. It started out only with an internet hookup, iPhone, digital television and my three Typepad blogging platforms.
It was not supposed to have furniture, with the exception of a bed. But the neighbor next door who was moving across country asked me if I wanted her sofa, coffee table, desk, executive chair, lamps and dishes. Reluctantly I said "yes." The dog discovered paradise on that sofa.
The mindset was not giving a darn about anything. Yes, that is the Buddhist fundamental of detachment. From the get-go, I went into a creative trance through compulsive blogging. I only emerged to walk the dog and order out for food and printer toner. All were parachuted in.
For the fist time since I was 11 years old, I slept most nights. So, I no longer confused fatigue with hunger and lost weight.
I also made a pilgrimage back to where there were still ghosts of Career Past. That was the New York Metro area. I got it: It had changed. I had changed. End of that story.
Now and then I tried this and I tried that in marketing. About 11 weeks ago, things came together. My client list is amazing. I didn't aim to max my revenues so the billing is reasonable. No, I won't get rich.
Can I hold on to this comeback? That's not the right question. Everything changes. So will my business. When a downward trajectory starts again, which is inevitable, I will address it then. No, we can't plan.
The best we can do is become open to fresh solutions for chronic problems such as keeping a career going.
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