Each week I meet with many different clients, due to the volume nature of the Social Security practice at my firm. As I wait with clients for a hearing, they often ask about my experience. Therefore the subject comes up that I used to be a high school band director, which surprises some of my clients. They say, “Well, that is quite a change — to go into law.” I used to agree with them, but the more I practice, the more I find that my experience teaching has really prepared me for my new profession.

1. Expecting the unexpected and dealing with it.