Category: Mental Health

There’s an epidemic of anxiety and depression among lawyers that leads to disproportionate numbers of lawyers attempting and committing suicide. It’s important to recognize the signs of burnout and mental health issues before it gets too far.

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Prevent Burnout by Gamifying Your Job

They say that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That holds true for burnout. All lawyers know someone who’s experienced it – and often experience it themselves. It’s much easier to climb out of burnout or to avoid it altogether if...

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Use Money to Avoid Regrets

Recently, I had the pleasure of celebrating the life of a truly remarkable person whom I had never met. I accompanied someone to a gathering to honor one of his friends whom had passed recently (unrelated to Covid). It was a surreal experience meeting with...

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My Problems with #StopAsianHate

With the murders of eight people in an Atlanta massage parlor taking up the entire news cycle (and, as I’m editing this, the mass shooting in Colorado), it’s been difficult for me to concentrate on personal finance. Many people assume I feel scared or angry...

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6 Surprising Psychological Problems with Early Retirement

Recently, I celebrated the second anniversary of the day I left my law firm job. And while it’s been tremendous, and I have no regrets about leaving, it hasn’t been complete smooth sailing because of certain psychological problems with early retirement. Most people question the...

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Why Friends Are Better than Money Experts

Too many people think talking about money is tacky. I’ll admit it’s uncomfortable and awkward, but anything worthwhile and unique has some built-in hurdles. Instead of talking money with friends, people turn to experts. Experts, however,  don’t much care if you succeed or fail. They...

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You’re Good Enough and People Like You: A Pep Talk for Everyone

There are no shortage of marketers and, let’s face it, parents, telling us that we’re not good enough. It’s easy to fall into that trap, but I’m here to tell you – you’re good enough, you’re talented enough, and, goshdarnit, people like you. You have...

How Your Expectations Destroy Your Finances

How Your Expectations Destroy Your Finances

Being bad at math is often used as an excuse to be bad with money. Never mind that one still needs to learn about and manage one’s own finances. Still, no matter how badly one’s math grades were – money is not about math; it’s...

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Discuss Politics Without Hate: 13 Key Strategies

This seems like a uniquely divided time in our country. It seems like a time when discussing politics without hate, or even discussing politics at all, is impossible. Half of Americans feel uncomfortable discussing politics with someone with whom they disagree. 50% of Americans say...

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How to Deal with Lawyer Burnout

Unhappy lawyers are leaving their jobs and careers in droves. Pre-pandemic, lawyers were exhausted. Now they face never-ending work without the release of social interaction or adventure. It all culminates in a perfect storm for lawyer burnout. Here’s how to cope if you’re a lawyer,...