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I am happy to report that my goal of reading one book per month has been successful so far.

Studies have shown that reading can reduce stress, increase focus and increase analytical thinking. It’s a wonderful mindfulness tool and I try to set aside at least 30 minutes per day to just sit and read.

In this week’s podcast episode, I talk about “Grit” by Angela Duckworth.

“Grit” is defined as the combination of passion and perseverance and the studies detailed throughout the book suggest that grit can be a better predictor of success than just IQ and talent alone.

Often, people who lack talent can make up for it through hard work. There are four components of grit: interest, practice, purpose and hope.

I think that lawyers often struggle with the “purpose” part because some of our efforts can feel unnoticed, underappreciated and thankless. It is really up to each lawyer to define his or her purpose in this profession.

We cannot rely on a pat on the back from others and we cannot let the negativity of others define our purpose. It really is something we have to find in ourselves and this book does a really good job of applying that concept to various profession.

Check out the episode, read the book and let me know your thoughts!

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