A recent article by Jeff Haden on Inc.com describes nine qualities of remarkable entrepreneurs. At first glance we thought we’d choose the quality or qualities that seemed most relevant to lawyers and expound upon them. It quickly became evident, however, that there was no way to choose, as all nine points made by Haden resonate strongly with our Generation Generosity philosophy, and could be applied as well to the legal profession. So what exactly can lawyers learn from entrepreneurs?
First, a quick refresher of the nine qualities that successful entrepreneurs share:
1. They find happiness in the success of others.
2. They relentlessly seek new experiences.
3. They don’t think work/life balance; they just think life.
4. They’re incredibly empathetic.
5. They have something to prove – to themselves.
6. They ignore the 40-hour workweek hype.
7. They see money as a responsibility, not a reward.
8. They don’t think they’re remarkable.
9. They know that success is fleeting, but dignity and respect last forever.
On review, it’s clear these qualities share the spirit of many of the principles of generosity we frequently discuss in this blog: building relationships, putting others’ needs (both clients’ and peers’) ahead of your own, finding fulfillment in your personal life via your profession, and giving back to the community you are part of.
We love what this article has to say about entrepreneurs. If lawyers also embraced these nine qualities, and thought of themselves a little more like entrepreneurs, it would benefit their business, their employees, their clients, and their communities. Sounds like a pretty good reason, doesn’t it?
Do you agree that these nine qualities translate well for lawyers? We’d love to hear your feedback.