Fresh Prince wrote:It kind of starts to become a negative feedback loop. Once you start somewhat disliking your firm or big law, it can turn quickly into hating it. Just need to stay as objective as possible, find the positives and the negatives, don't turn the negatives into positives and don't turn the positives into the negatives. But if you do find negatives that you can correct, then correct them.
Often times, many negatives many be associated with working with a particular person as opposed to working at that firm; correcting that negative would be as simple as trying to work for someone else. As a junior associate, many of you all owe it to yourself to try out different attorneys to work under. Before you know it, you'll be permanently under one's shadow and you won't be able to escape from it. Best to shop around now rather than commit (that is, unless you're already working under someone you really like working under).
This is good advice. It's also true of a lot of (non-law) jobs in general. Once you start focusing on the negative aspects, you can slip down that rabbit hole of loathing pretty quick. IME the people who are satisfied with their work, whether they're lawyers or plumbers, are the ones who focus on taking pride in being good at the day-to-day of their jobs rather than getting mired in the big picture stuff they can't control. It's a hard lesson to learn though, easier said than done, probably even harder than usual in biglaw where the nature of the job means the negative stuff is exactly the stuff that pops up when you're trying to relax on the weekend or getting a drink with your friends or whatever. Putting that kind of shit in a positive broader context must take some real zen moves.