If anyone says they became a lawyer for reasons other than winning, please slap them straight in the face. Please slap especially hard those who say “I just want to help people” because, frankly, you can only help people if you are winning. Duh.
Right now the competition that I am aiming to win is a simple one: end the year with the largest settlement in the firm. Gaudy? Yes. Shallow? Absolutely. The only thing I care about? You had better believe it. The problem with going for this goal is that it pits you head to head with the partners. You know, the individuals who have been in the business for 30 years and the ones who can take away your chance to set the yearly record just because they feel like it.
Or they may have legitimate concerns that I may be in over my head. Not that I pay attention to these pesky things.
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