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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Why I Love Wasting My Precious Time

Between reading Die with Zero and attending my first death cafe, I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately. And it’s not necessarily morbid (i.e. an obsession with death) because it changes how I think about my life. I’ve always been skeptical of big cities,...

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How Stress and Grief Affect Your Finances

Apparently, retail sales are up because of pent up demand due to Covid. Personal finance people are pleading, “Don’t go shopping if you don’t need more stuff!” This effort seems futile and wrongly focuses on the action rather than the motivation. It reminds me of...

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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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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,...

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The Easy Hack I Use to Make Failure Fun

We know that trying new things and meeting new people are integral to achieving our goals. But we also know that all these new things can lead to a lot of rejection. Rejection is hard! How does one motivate oneself to keep going even when...

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Health, Wealth, and Happiness: The Secret to Finding All Three

A few years ago, I realized I had discovered the “secret” to succeeding in the health, wealth, and happiness departments. I had lost ten pounds and was keeping it off. My legs had never been so toned, my skin was glowing, work was fulfilling, my...