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Borrow a Book | Complete Lending List

The Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work
(Second Edition)

by George W. Kaufman

Lending Library Number: 51

NOTE: Due to licensing restrictions, the CD that accompanies this book is not available for loan.

If you are dominated by work from the moment you arise until the moment you turn off the lights at night, you are not alone. Years of narrow focus, hard work, pressure, and endless striving for material reward are the hallmark of many lawyers' lives. This newly updated and revised second edition is written specifically to help lawyers achieve professional and personal satisfaction in their career.

Writing with warmth and seasoned wisdom, George Kaufman examines how the profession has changed over the last five year, then offers philosophical approaches, practical examples, and valuable exercises to help lawyers reconcile their goals and expectations with the realities and demands of the legal profession. You'll find information on empowering yourself to take charge of your environment and how to achieve your plan for personal growth.

The Lawyer's Guide to Balancing Life and Work, Second Edition is about how the law fits inside you, not how you fit inside the law. Making space for creativity and passion within your current workplace and at home can yield enormous emotional rewards. But, you must first make a conscious decision to shift your perceptions. To accept that, while you can't have it all, you can create a life that reflects your creativity and values.

Inside this essential guide, you'll find dozens of exercises and tools designed to bring the balance, and passion, back into your life, including how to:

  • Craft a life-affirming vision statement and incorporate it into your daily activities
  • Develop an action plan for making effective change
  • Define the values in your life

Interactive exercises are provided throughout the text and on the accompanying CD-ROM, to help you discover how to reclaim your life. New lawyers, seasoned veterans, and those who have personal relationships to lawyers will all benefit from this insightful book.

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