Giving Can Increase Your Happiness and Success

"Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give." - Ben Carson Pennsylvania Pro Bono Week is scheduled from Oct. 19-25, during which the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) will shine a spotlight on pro bono legal work to increase access to justice. As we head toward Pro Bono Week, I asked David Trevaskis, pro bono coordinator for the PBA, to put some meat on the bones of why pro bono participation is important and how lawyers can benefit from providing it. Lawyers have an important role to play in the community, he said. Poor people need representation [...]

By |2016-06-01T17:11:46+00:00October 13, 2014|Categories: The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , , |

Bouncing Back Is a Key Component of Success

"It always seems impossible until it's done." Nelson Mandela April 10 is a big day for historical accomplishments. On this day in 1866, The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was formed. In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African-American in Major League baseball and in 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk successfully tested the polio vaccine. In each instance, there was a time when these achievements were inconceivable. As Jimmy Fallon exclaimed recently on the final night of his late-night show, "Five years ago, this didn't exist!" Now, his trademark late-night hashtags, thank-you notes and musical parodies are part [...]

By |2016-06-03T14:39:04+00:00March 11, 2014|Categories: The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , , |

How to Change Your Life at Any Age

A common refrain from clients is that it's too late to alter the direction of their lives, as though our course is set and deviation simply not possible. This is a usually false premise and the opposite is true—it is not too late to significantly improve your career and life. Nelson Mandela is a shining inspiration. Released from prison at age 72, he became the first black president of South Africa, won the Nobel Peace Prize, re-married and so much more. There are many examples of second and third chapters in life, including Grandma Moses, who began her painting career [...]

Make a Contract With Yourself to Reach Desired Goals

A common issue with long-term goal-setting is the lack of short-term payoff. When faced with instant gratification against future gains, the temptation to cave in to the "now" can be irresistible. A surprising source of inspiration comes from Greek mythology and the story of Ulysses. Ulysses was making his journey home after the fall of Troy and had to sail his ship past the isolated island of the Sirens, dangerous and beautiful creatures, who lured sailors with their seductive and enchanting music to shipwreck on the rocky coast or plunge to their death. The dilemma faced by Ulysses was that [...]

By |2016-06-03T16:06:20+00:00January 16, 2014|Categories: Career Coaching, The Legal Intelligencer|Tags: , , |

Lost and Found

On Friday, November 1, 2013, 7,000 women poured into the Pennsylvania Convention Center to explore the "power of possibilities" at the 10th annual Pennsylvania Conference for Women. The day undulated with questions, the answers some women found, and steps others began to take toward finding their own. Financial wizard Sallie Krawcheck lost her job in a very public manner and found the resilience to say "look at me, I’m on the front page of the New York Times" and move forward. Author Tory Johnson lost 60 pounds and found a happier life. She told conference attendees "Don't underestimate what you [...]

By |2016-06-03T16:19:43+00:00November 1, 2013|Categories: International Coach Federation, Philadelphia|Tags: , , |