Category Archives: Law

On Character

In Britain, it’s a crime to display a sign that is “threatening or abusive or insulting” with the intent to provoke “distress”, even if that sign is displayed in your own window.  The local constabulary explained that citizens, “in the … Continue reading

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The Passion Myth

Find something you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. Right? Bullshit. Nobody on Earth wakes up every single day restlessly waiting to take on the world.  Such passion doesn’t exist.  If you’re really, really lucky, and … Continue reading

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Bad Career Advice: Just Network!

If you’ve ever looked for a job, you’ve undoubtedly been advised that the best way to get a one is through your network.  If you don’t have a network, all experts agree you need to get out and build one. … Continue reading

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The Trouble With Expertise In Complex Fields

Fresh out of law school, it’s easy to forget that, compared to the general population, you are already something of an expert.  You have the tools to search for, read, and understand just what the hell that legalese actually means.  … Continue reading

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“I Have a Problem”

Problems are generally thought of as bad things.  And, for the people afflicted with those problems, they undoubtedly are. But problems are what drive the service industry.  People’s problems managing or finding time create opportunities for personal assistants, shoppers, organizers, … Continue reading

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My Attorney Will Be In Contact With You

A guy in a suit knocks on your door.  He flashes a badge and wants to ask you a few questions about your involvement at your company.  Or with your stock broker.  Or with your neighbor. What do you say? … Continue reading

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Lawyer For A Day

Time tracking can be life changing.  And, even though it’s really, really easy to do, it does take a tiny bit of discipline.  Unfortunately, like budgeting, this tiny barrier is enough to prevent just about everyone from doing it.  Fine.  … Continue reading

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Maturity Means No Excuses

In the law, the state doesn’t hold minors responsible for some of their actions.  If a bank agrees to give a 16 year old a credit card, that 16 year old isn’t liable for his debts because the law assumes … Continue reading

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The World’s Most Valuable Skill

It’s not the ability to pick stocks or spot market trends.  It’s not the ability to sniff out which wells will produce oil or which methods will cure cancer.  It’s not the ability to mange people or leverage their talents … Continue reading

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How To Make Meetings Productive

Everyone has been forced to sit in meetings that stretch on forever about something that’s either irrelevant, unimportant, or that they’re uninformed about.  Say someone’s giving a talk about a new technology that’s going to be implemented.  Most people have … Continue reading

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If You’re Going to Jail, Get There Early

Lo and behold, judges aren’t always rational.  It turns out that judges hearing parole requests start out the day granting about 65% of them.  These numbers dwindle down to about 0% right before a judges break, then pop back up … Continue reading

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Fuck You. Pay Me.

Though there’s some stuff in here I don’t necessarily agree with, a worthy watch for any creative: 2011/03 Mike Monteiro | F*ck You. Pay Me. from San Francisco Creative Mornings on Vimeo.

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