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An Attorney’s Competitiveness Can Turn to Anger
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Summary: Attorneys can hold lots of anger, but when that anger is directed in the wrong direction, they destroy their own credibility and chances of success.

Read Why Most Attorneys Are Angry to learn more.


Attorneys can carry a lot of anger, often for no reason at all. Harrison Barnes explains why attorneys often turn to anger, including a personal experience he had with an attorney that took out his anger out on those around him when it should have been directed at himself.

Read Two Things Attorneys Must Do To Be Successful to learn more.

Attorneys are trained from the beginning to be competitive. If an attorney is not competitive, they will have no chance at being successful. Part of this competitiveness comes from attending a prestigious law school and working for a top law firm. When an attorney lacks these qualifications, they are not desired by law firms. There are very few exceptions to this, such as competitive athletes like Olympians. Their excellence in athletics means they are competitive.

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Status is important for attorneys hoping to be desirable to law firms. When an attorney is facing a lack of status, there are five things they can do to change it. Depending on which steps they take will determine their future success. Attorneys that only do the fourth and fifth steps, which are to attack the status of others and help attorneys attack the status of others, wind up being the type with lots of anger.

Read Being a Successful Attorney Takes More Than Just Hard Work.

The best things an attorney can do are to work hard, build business, receive an LL.M. from a prestigious law firm if they did not receive their JD from one, and become a better attorney. Holding onto anger because of their circumstances and lack of status and putting that blame on others will only send the attorney into a downward spiral.




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