Living Passion Forward: How John Grimley Lives His Passion

Editor's Note: Ms. JD's Annual Conference, Passion Forward, will take place February 21st-22nd in Austin, Texas.  In the months before the conference, we are pleased to be bringing you posts from our conference speakers.  To learn more about Passion Forward or to register for the conference yourself, click here. We look forward to seeing you in Austin!

My Top Five Passions Are:

Physical and mental health and wellness

Seeking a balanced life

Seeing others as fellow human beings with the same dreams, desires, worries and concerns as myself

Seeking joy in my work

Learning every day about the world around me, whether through experiences in my own country or overseas

To me, Passion Forward means ….

Seeking to live our passion every day in what we do, while also balancing that passion prudently with what can be practically achieved.  But oftentimes what can be achieved is much greater than our imagination before we embark upon any journey in search of fulfilling our passion.

I try to live my life passion forward by….

I've always sought to live my life in pursuit of my passion.  This path oftentimes can be difficult and lead one to question whether one ought to revert to the safer more certain route.  I solve this dilemma by tempering passion with practicality, while never (so far) making passion secondary and practicality primary.

My most passion forward moment was….

In 2000 I moved to London.  Few contacts and no job.  Two years later I was asked to establish a European representative office for US Am Law 100 law firm Patton Boggs LLP.  This opportunity came to me because I'd chosen to follow my passion.  It was the singularly best decision I've ever made, and laid the groundwork for my career today.

Advice Time!  My favorite way to showcase my passion is …

I have always enjoyed mentoring others.  Whether college or law students, early or mid-career professionals.  I believe I'm able to help them find the passion they're seeking and integrate as much of it into their lives as they possibly can.

For over a dozen years John Grimley has specialized in helping law firms, law firm practice groups and individual legal practitioners design and implement custom international business development plans. Most notably, he established and directed the European representative business development office for US AmLaw 100 law firm Patton Boggs LLP.  He is an active member of Legal Marketing Association (LMA) and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia. A native Californian, he holds a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law.  He blogs at International Business Development Blog:  http://www.intlbdblog.com. John is a Faculty Trainer for the Pursue Your Passion Session at Ms.JD's Passion Forward Conference on February 21, 2014 at 2:45 p.m.

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