2. Create a niche.
Happy people are more successful. Everyone knows when you like what you’re doing. People (as in clients and therefore success) will be drawn to you if you are interesting to be around. You will be excited, more engaged, more effective, and more knowledgeable if you enjoy your career. Joy is a natural incentive to gaining more knowledge and experience, and in connecting you with people and groups who will help to advance your career.
The opposite is true for unhappy people. If you don’t like what you’re doing, people can tell. You will be less effective at developing a career if you are not interested in your work. Do you want to do business with a miserable person? Or someone who is obviously only interested in you because of the profit you can generate for them? Maybe, but most people would choose to do business with someone interested and engaged, and happy.
The law is such a versatile field with limitless career options. As a bright new lawyer, you have power to create the kind of career that will compliment a happy life, and to create the kind of life that will compliment a fulfilling career. You just need to keep an open mind, create a (very flexible) plan, and take steps to make it into reality.