In this episode, J Kim Wright shares her secret to living her purpose fearlessly. Kim suggests making promises you can't keep as a way to push yourself further, overcoming fear and doubt. Her advice for overcoming self-doubt, the inner critic, and fear? Step into your mission and step out of your identity. She dared herself to be great then trained herself to 'make unreasonable requests and to be unstoppable.'
J. Kim Wright is a pioneer, leader and the author of the book, Lawyers as Peacemakers: Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law. In 2009, the American Bar Association (ABA) named Kim as a "legal rebel", finding new ways to practice law, represent their clients, adjudicate cases and train the next generation of lawyers?
Since 1998, Kim has been leading continuing education programs. She also consults with courts, law firms, organizations, law schools, workshop leaders, authors, documentary filmmakers, and the media. She is a central hub and referral source for lawyers and for clients seeking conscious lawyers
01:14 : Her family background which triggered her journey towards the field of law, her initial stereotypes of lawyers and how that changed afterwards prompting her to become a holistic lawyer and a peacemaker at the same time
10:07 : Where she got her courage to get out of her comfort zone and declare herself as a holistic lawyer
13:03 : Her unique story about her ex-husband, how they met and how he ended up paying for her bar exam,
14:57 : The move to Portland where she spearheaded gatherings for lawyers and started using the internet as a platform to spread her message through her website, an online magazine and video documentaries and which ultimately led to an invitation from the ABA (American Bar Association) for her to write the book, Lawyers as Peacemakers, which was named one of the ABA's Flagship Series and was on the ABA best-seller list for seven months
25:08 : How she battles her inner critic by stepping out of her identity and talking about her mission
36:34 : Giving up her home base to travel full-time, her version of home, and what it feels like surrendering to her mission and her purpose
38:55 : Her planned trips and activities for this year, her advice to lawyers including having the integrity and the courage to stand up and fix the broken system and what a resilient lawyer means to her
My very first guest for this podcast is NYC Real Estate and Bankruptcy attorney, Daniel Gershburg. We covered an array of topics including law practice, how much money is enough, and mindfulness and meditation.
Daniel is the owner of and President of Gershburg Law and is involved in various not for profit and Pro Bono initiatives including the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, and PENCIL.org. He teaches Bankruptcy and Real Estate law for various CLE providers, including LexisNexis, Lawline.com and NACLE.com.
Here are the highlights of my conversation with Daniel:
01:31 : Starting off with a discussion on how to be a lawyer and live an authentic life at the same time, about treating law as business and yourself as a commodity, and about all the fear, the inner chatters and the masks that lawyers wear to fit in,
08:30 : Why Daniel embraced truth telling and being genuine and the qualities and characteristics that clients should look for to determine if you are trustworthy or not,
14:33 : Trading stories on how we shifted paradigms and become more than fillers of bankruptcy forms and adding real value to their clients making the interaction rewarding to both parties,
18:14 : Becoming a mindful lawyer and maintaining it through changing the destructive habits and practices, surrounding yourself with the right people, being happy where you are and surrendering to the unknown,
27:14 : The contrast of surrendering versus giving up, how Daniel personally defines success, and the yardsticks he measures his life by,
36:52 : How mindfulness and meditation can serve as our guide and how we can translate the experience we get from mediating into our daily lives,
40:24 : His creative outlets and what he would wish to become if he had a magic wand,
48:24 : The growing numbers of lawyers thinking about exiting the field of law and the irony of having the challenge of finding other careers to jump to, and
51:46 : What a resilient lawyer means to Daniel including overcoming obstacles and sticking to it for better or worse.
An introduction to The Resilient Lawyer podcast from your host, Jeena Cho. / / The Resilient Lawyer podcast is inspired by those in the legal profession living with authenticity and courage. You'll meet lawyers, entrepreneurs, mentors and teachers successfully bridging the gap between their personal and professional lives.