If I Had To Do It All Over Again, Would I?

Point A to Point B

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!

My boys

Kenny and Greg

Sleeping Beauties

Capone and Sandy

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.

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    • mgolab

      Its a very interesting question Amy as I guess at times I move along the spectrum of [Danny Glover / Lethal Weapon] “I’m getting too old for this s h ! t” at the lower end, and then to the [The Lego Movie] “Everything is awesome” at the high end.

      Its a very particular industry, and we hold quite a unique and distinct position in the legal world, where we’re at times highly valued, as well as being hated at times as we’re associated with at times mind bogglingly large sets of documents, and also not inconsiderable stress and pressure.

      Due to some of my character flaws of wanting to freestyle catastrophise at the drop of a hat, I’ve learnt to take an approach of only worrying about today, and those things that I can do to influence and let tomorrow take care of itself.

      Its also a very difficult niche to describe to outsiders.

      To thrive in this industry, I think you need the skills/habits of:

      precision, a plan, an ability to change plans immediately, being methodical, taking control and standing up to bullies and others way above your payscale who are wrong, being confident but also being humble, being a team player, actively looking for mnd numblingly tedious and boring tasks, being flexible, willingness to be the first in and the last out, willingness to roll up your sleeves and help.

      I suspect that we’d also find that we’d thrive in other high stress environments such as:
      air traffic control, hostage negotiating, surgery and operating theatres, NASA or ESA in mission control etc etc.

      So in answer to your question – YES, however I guess I’ve still got a very long way to go in terms of mastering work and life outside of work.

      • Ha! Good observations about the alternative careers we could survive in. You’re right about how we are perceived day to day, but overall I think we do a pretty good job of proving our value on the legal team.