Romance is the triumph of hope over despair. Victorian poet, Matthew Arnold, pleaded in "Dover Beach"-
"Ah, love, let us be true To one another, for the world ... hath really neither joy, nor love, nor light, Nor certitude, nor peace, nor help for pain, And we are here as on a darkling plain ..."
Buy book "Zero to One" by Peter Thiel. Eric Seeger of Altman Weil has warned of more layoffs coming to the legal sector. The supply of legal talent outstrips demand.
It's time the love of your life begins seeing the world of work in entrepreneurial terms. David Boies, once in captivity in BigLaw, thought startup and look where he is now. Yes, he got Steve Cohen a win with the SEC.
A plane ticket to anywhere outside metro areas. Let your love experience the ethos beyond the rat race. Here in Tucson, Arizona, no one will ask, "What do you do?" The cost of living is so low that just a little bit of hustle goes a long way. Make that a one-way ticket. The odds are that you two will simply stay where joy is possible.
A seminar in marketing and sales. Pitching is not intuitive. Actually, much of what is effective is counterintuitive, such as being detached. How I got the hang of it was enrolling in a Dale Carnegie 8-week course in Hartford, Connecticut. Once your love learns how to close deals he or she will be golden in the legal sector. It's all about bringing in business. Again, it's not how you assume it should be done.
Tickets for two to film "Janis: Little Girl Blue." Self-hate is usually so embedded in so many lawyers that you will have to be there to point out how Janis Joplin's inability to accept herself destroyed her. In 12-step and other modes of recovery, it's obvious that self-hate is what's standing between lawyers and success, on their own terms. That is, it's obvious to everyone but them.