Millennial Women

Playing the Long Game

It’s officially Fall! And you know what that means—football season! As we cheer on our favorite teams,* we thought it would be a perfect month to break out our sports analogies. This month, we’re focusing on playing the long game in terms of your career. We’re familiar with these concepts in sports, but they are also true when it comes to careers. What we mean by this is: looking at your career over a period of several years—maybe even a decade or two—instead of just looking six months to a year ahead. It’s tough sometimes, especially as relatively new or junior lawyers, to think far ahead. In fact, I remember when I first started practicing, looking ahead even three years seemed impossible! But that long-term perspective can pay big dividends, and ultimately result in a “win.” Here are some examples of playing the long game:

  • Taking time periodically (every January 1, your birthday) to evaluate your career and ask yourself those tough questions: Am I doing the work I want to be doing? What experiences should I seek out in the coming year?
  • Doing work even if it’s not the most fun thing in the world since you know it will be a good learning experience.
  • Knowing that just because efforts—such as client development—don’t pay off immediately, they are still worthwhile.
  • Evaluating mistakes from the perspective of “will this matter in a year?” and realizing that most things won’t.

This October, we’ll be focusing on the long-term of our careers, and we invite you to do the same!

*bonus points if anyone can guess who we’re rooting for smile

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