4 Things I Learned About Myself by Starting a Solo Law Practice

By Joleena Louis - March 4, 2015
4 Things I Learned About Myself by Starting a Solo Law Practice

With her 30th birthday coming up, Joleena Louis reflects on what she has learned about herself by starting her own solo law practice.

Next week is my 30th birthday and as I reflected back on my life, I have come to realize how much I’ve changed and how I view myself differently since starting my practice.

While I’m still the same Joleena in terms of my core values, beliefs, and personality, this journey has shown me parts of myself that I didn’t know I had in me.

I have come to find that I have learned four very important interesting aspects of my personality since opening my solo law practice.

1.  My fear of failure motivates me.

I’ve put so much of myself, my time, and my energy into starting and building my practice. I can’t let naysayers win by seeing me fail and I certainly can’t work for anyone else again.

This is what I think of when I have to work late hours or when I don’t know if I’ll make enough to pay my rent next month. It fuels me to work harder and find solutions.

2.  My confidence is real.

Starting my practice was new and scary.

I didn’t feel very confident but I knew I had to “fake it until I made it” in order to be successful and I have come to realize that I’m no longer faking it and my confidence is real.

I still don’t know everything and continue to be nervous in certain situations, but now that I know who I am as a professional and as a woman, it makes it easier to have confidence in myself despite these issues.

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3.  I am an introvert who now enjoys talking to people.

I’m naturally an introvert and I used to have a difficult time connecting with people that I didn’t know.

Unfortunately for me, in order to get clients I had to become more outgoing. This turned out to be a good thing in both my personal and professional life; forcing myself to be more social has brought on some very meaningful connections.

4. I am stronger than I thought.

There have been a few times when I thought it might be easier to go back to a paycheck. Although it seems easier, I keep pushing; through all the no’s, the low account balances, and the uncertainty about the future.

I still think it’s worth it and I have no regrets.

This journey has been a roller coaster, and when someone like myself is challenged in such a way, it makes the reward of learning about yourself even better.

About Joleena Louis

Joleena Louis is a matrimonial and family law attorney at Joleena Louis Law, a firm she founded after leaving a boutique matrimonial firm in Brooklyn. Joleena is a client in Law Firm Suites’ Financial District location. Her weekly blog series Things I Wish I Knew... explores her thought process and experiences in her transition from small law firm employee to successful solo practice entrepreneur. Follow Joleena on Twitter.

One thought on “4 Things I Learned About Myself by Starting a Solo Law Practice

  1. Vivian Coromilis
    on said:

    Hello Joleena Louis
    I writing you from Montreal, Quebec Canada.I studied both engineering and law.
    I am presently scouting around for an internship in law where my background will be useful.. I find what you write inspiring and I would Iike thank you for sharing your expériences with us.
    I think of practising law solo as an entrepreneur. I believe in order to succeed it is important to think this way.
    It is scary but sounds rewarding at the same time. I don’ know what I will be doing one or two years from now….perhaps practising solo. Happy Birthday!

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