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Cheryl Rich Heisler is the president and founder of the Chicago-based Lawternatives, a career consultancy helping lawyers transition into careers inside, outside, and around the law. She has worked in industries ranging from BigLaw to brand management for a Fortune 100 company to hosting a radio feature on career issues to outplacement consulting. She’s also a board member for the ABA Legal Career Central.
The more you give, the more you receive. It’s cliché, right?
We learned it from our parents. We teach it to our own children. But do we actually practice that philosophy?
Well, you quickly (and perhaps defensively) respond: We’re already so busy. The practice of law is more demanding now. The competition for clients and the all-consuming billable hours are harder to withstand. Our children/siblings/parents seem to need more from us than ever before.
These are true statements, all. But I’d argue that we’re worse off for it, communally, professionally, physically, and emotionally.
Read on as Cheryl explains how giving can advance your health and skills and ultimately your life (both professionally and personally).