A Letter From A Tired, Overworked and Frustrated Lawyer
This week I got an awesome email from a frustrated, overworked and tired lawyer, who recently quit her job for something less stressful. I personally connected with her story…because one of the reasons I wrote “How Laziness Saved My Life” was because of the alarmingly long hours I saw a lot of my lawyer friends working. I have heard horror stories of lawyers working entire weeks without ever going home (slight exaggeration but you get the point) and some cases of female lawyers who got discouraged from having children because it would affect their fast paced lawyer lifestyle. Thus, I was extremely excited and pumped when I read the email. So pumped and and excited that I had to share (but with permission from the writer) the email with ofilispeaks.com readers. It is a quick read and I hope that you get a little motivation and push to leave that stressful job!
NOTE: Comments in red are my additions to make the email read better *cough *cough
I’m Ibiyemi, an avid fan of yours (awww). I follow you on twitter (@Aibeefash) and on Blackberry Messenger . I read How Stupidity Saved My Life earlier this year. It is a splendid (she meant to say fantastically mind blowing) book. In fact, I bought it three times because the book just kept disappearing in my room (I suspect my younger brothers! boys).
I’m currently reading How Laziness Saved My Life and its been splendid (she really has a thing for the word splendid) so far. I’m sending my entry for the Lazy Picture competition, but first, a little background information.
I’m a lawyer and was called to the bar in 2008. I’ve worked in a 1st tier commercial law firm since after NYSC. After a while, it wasn’t satisfying any longer. I was a tired, overworked and frustrated young lawyer. There just had to be an easier, better way to get things done. So I began to send out my CV/resume. Finally, I got a job as a legal adviser to an investment and financial advisory services firm. Today is actually my first day on the job (congratulations).
My entry photo was taken on the 29th of June 2012 in the library of my former office. After 4 years as a practicing lawyer and advocate, it was time to move on. I’m folding up my gown and packing up the wig. I don’t know if I’ll ever use them again, other than for taking pictures! I don’t know what tomorrow holds, neither do I know what the title of your next book will be. One thing I’m certain of is this, tomorrow will be beautiful and your next book will be an impactful best seller.
Ibiyemi (the one in the middle below)