I received this question in my email inbox in response to my email entitled “What Would You Ask?” Cathy asked me, “If you had to do it all over again, would you? If the answer is yes, what would you do differently?”
Wow, what a question, right? Cathy mentioned that she has been in the legal industry almost 30 years and I myself have been working in the legal industry since 1983 so we are about the same age. It is true that we are at a point where we might pause and reflect on our career decisions that landed us where we are today.
The short answer is “Absolutely YES!”
First of all, I believe everything happens for a reason, even if we don't understand “the why of it” at the time. When I look back at the career decisions I made, I truly believe that each position was a step in the right direction. Each position was building another layer in the foundation that allows me to do what I do today.
If you haven't had a chance to read about my career path, you can read this article that I wrote a while back to gain some context.
I knew in high school that I wanted to be a leader. It was in my DNA, as they say. In each position I've held, I have always helped others in one way or another. I care about the growth of other people. I have always shared my knowledge with others.
Sometimes I think about this website and my aspirations to give back to the litigation support community by helping people who are interested in a litigation support career, and I reflect on my past professional experiences, my interactions with team members, supervisors, service providers, and colleagues. I genuinely feel blessed to know so many smart, talented, and funny people in this industry.
I am on a mission to help people, to make a difference in the world, and to enjoy life. I am thankful to be a mom to two handsome young men, too. My dogs even know how much I love them!
Would I do anything differently? I don't think so. I think I did a good job, or at least my best job, at every turn. I enjoy what I do for a living. I think it is a really cool career path. It allows me to teach others, mentor others, and to give A LOT of hugs!
What about you? How would you answer Cathy's question? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below.