My 3 words for 2018

Long time readers know I recommend and follow @chrisbrogan for his no nonsense style of communication and use of social media.  A long time ago, Chris started using 3 words as his alternative to a New Year’s resolution and with the exception in 2017, I have declared my 3 words each year as well. Here are my 3 words for 2018:

Patience – I have a lot of signs in my home and office.  One says: “Be Patient – God’s timing is always perfect“.  Whenever I feel myself being anxious about something or wishing something would hurry up, that sign pops into my head and I take a deep breath and remember who’s really in control.  Things will happen when they happen.

Power – I’ve had some rough stuff to deal with over the past 6-8 months. One day I may talk about what I’m starting to call my business depression – but I’m not ready to yet. Suffice to say, I’ve had to take my own advice from 2016 to just hunker down and power through more than one tough situation.  But I actually chose Power for another reason.

When mulling over my words for 2018, I realized that I have to not only recognize the power I needed to summon to keep going but also to recognize the power of all the ladies of legal tech who share the same difficult road to success — a road fraught with #metoo moments and rooms full of men who not only think less of you because you are a woman, but, in my case, because I don’t have a JD.  FWIW, those in legal tech with a JD get ridiculed for obviously failing as an attorney before turning to their Plan B for a career.  It’s a tough audience for sure!

What I want to say is that I am a powerful woman, not just in legal and tech, but in life. I stand toe to toe with those trained to find the loophole and take advantage of every angle … and that’s not just my clients but my kids too!

So whether it is summoning mom power, girl power or lady of legal tech power, 2018 is the year of power, leading to …

Profit – It has so many meanings… I first took a good look at this word as the name to call those who teach at the Virtual Bar Association, but then I found and fell in love with the word “Literati“.

Fast forward a year and the tv show ‘The Profit’ comes out and again I fall in love … with Marcus.

Or, more accurately, his highlight-ing of process and people … the two things I am constantly reminding those who wish to get things done (efficiently) in an office need to care about. Let’s just say if I had a brother from another mother – it would be Marcus; and yes, I’d drop you all like a hot potato to go work for that man! 😉

Ultimately, however, I picked the word profit because I wish to … from every interaction and connection I make in 2018 and the only way I know I can do that, is to help others profit from their connection to me.

So if you see a way for me to help you, or a way for us to help each other, contact me. Call me at 1-800-411-8921 and let’s connect and see if we can’t profit from the experience of connecting in real time!

Of course, you can always email me at andrea @legaltypist.com – just remember keyboarding is one way communication and thereby half as effective as the dialogue of conversation 😉

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Republished with Permission.  ©LegalTypist, Inc. This article first appeared in the January 2018 issue of the Virtual Bar News (nee The Legal Connection Newsletter)

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