In 2015, I was 4 years into a career as a lawyer at a prominent US law firm.
I loved the company and my colleagues and was doing all the things everyone told me I should do, but was feeling stuck and uninspired. That summer I went on a vacation where I did something I had never done before – I turned off my phone for three days straight, spending my time reading books and just sitting with my thoughts about the future.
It made me think closely about whether the path I was on was the one for me. I realized that at the end of the day, what I value is freedom, autonomy and creativity – things I wasn’t experiencing in my workday.
That three-day stretch gave me energy and clarity that I’d never experienced before, and set me on the path I’m on today.
I wanted my career and my workday to be infused with things I love, and to be driven by intention.
I realized that the most rewarding times for me were when I was helping other professionals learn how they could use the power of a healthy mindset to be happier at work.
I eventually left my big law job and started my own firm before founding a technology company called DueCourse, that helps professionals build a strong workday mindset.
Leaving my career in law was an incredibly hard transformation. I went from having a nice, safe $250k per year job to an entrepreneurial path that was filled with uncertainty and seemed risky to everyone around me.
But I defined risk differently. The idea of waking up one day years later and having never pursued a career that excited me was scary. To me, that was risky.
My mission of helping other people create a workday that they love has guided me every step of the way, and I’ve spent the last 4 years studying and coaching professionals on how to improve their workday, and use the power of their thoughts to change their circumstances.
Now I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Law Students as well. By helping to guide students during their law school tenure, we can work together to identify and optimize not only their legal career interests, but how to efficiently find that job, and then to be prepared for when they step their first foot into the office.
I believe that no one should have to suffer through work – and that every professional should have a workday they love.