Today, on Abovethelaw, its top editor signed off for the weekend. For the rest of this week he - Elie Mystal - will be celebrating his 40th birthday.
We who compulsively read Abovethelaw first experienced - and he is a total experience - Mystal when he was 30. That's when he was hired by David Lat, then the hands-on top editor, in an "American Idol" type competition.
Immediately we were hooked.
For starters why we developed a Mystal addiction is that he allowed us to forgive ourselves for our own academic and professional lousy choices.
He had invested his youth matriculating at Harvard College and Harvard Law School. That resulted in about $150k in student loan debt. His prize anecdote was telling how landlords' eyes popped when they viewed his credit rating. You bet, that kind of loan debt, especially if not always paid on time, will inflict plenty of damage on a credit score.
Then, at the end of all that he didn't like working in BigLaw. Next, he did what few other do: He left. For a while he knocked around tutoring LSAT and being a freelance journalist.
For free spirits that seemed like an inspiring story of courage. For the buttoned-down types it might have appeared to be downright reckless.
Along the way over the past 10 years, Mystal:
- Warned youth not to invest their money and hope in going to law school.
- Fingered the issue of alleged police brutality against African-Americans before it went high profile in establishment media.
- Chronicled the legal circus that has been playing in Washington D.C.
- Made cool the casual journalistic style, with a profanity thrown in now and then.
- And, on Facebook and LinkedIn Updates created a kind of Daddy Blog.
Of course, this blog wishes Mystal many more birthdays.
But with them can come age bias. That's my special coaching niche. If Mystal runs into ageism, for the birthday that kicks that off my gift is complimentary coaching.
Meanwhile, he can preview what demons might overtake his soul as he ages. Here, as a free download, is a book about The Four Monsters of the Mind.
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