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WHERE TO START WHEN YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHERE TO START

Identifying the skills you enjoy using is the first step in finding work you love. It’s often surprisingly hard to do this, especially if you haven’t liked your work in a long time. Many lawyers have trouble remembering what they enjoy, aside from distracting themselves. Depression, which affects lawyers disproportionately, can exacerbate this problem.

Friends and selected relatives can help with this process. When you ask people who are close to you what they think you’re good at, you may be surprised at their responses. The key insight that led to Lisa Montanaro’s career transition came during a late-night phone call with a close friend, who pointed out that Lisa had always been good at ...

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