By Laurie Rowen
When I say “I’m a quitter,” people usually laugh at me and don’t believe me. But it’s actually true. I’ve quit everything from sororities in college, to girl scout troops, to law firms. Many times, I created something new like a children’s philanthropy group (OC Kids Giving Back), and alternative ways to practice law (Montage Legal Group). Sometimes I quit for fun, and sometimes I just need a change. While I usually apologize for quitting, I’m always secretly excited for a new beginning.
When my friend Goli Kalkhoran called to ask me to be on her new podcast, I agreed immediately even though I had no idea what it was about. I knew Goli, a former Latham & Watkins lawyer, entrepreneur and mother of young children, would have created something truly special. When I found out her podcast was called “Lessons from a Quitter,” however, I knew for sure it would be amazing…and perfect for me.
Goli describes herself as “the quintessential risk-averse, people-pleasing, type-A personality, who “studied hard, got good grades and followed the predictable path to a great law school, never really questioning what being a lawyer actually meant.” I know the feeling, and after almost ten years running Montage Legal Group, I can definitively say that many other attorneys also understand this feeling all too well.
Goli created Lessons from a Quitter to highlight other people, like her, who have broken free from an unfulfilling career to create a life that they love. And in the process, her podcast hopes to show people that it’s ok to quit. “In fact, your happiness may depend on it.”
I’m honored and grateful that Goli decided to feature me on her podcast. Click here to hear “Episode 09: How Laurie Rowen Disrupted the Legal Profession to Create the Career She Wanted” on the Lessons from a Quitter Website or on Itunes.
Check out Goli’s website to be inspired to quit the things in your life that aren’t working for you, or are holding you back from progress and fulfillment. For more information and to hear future podcasts, follow Lessons from Quitter on their social media: