Author’s note: This is the second article in a multi-part series on the topic, “If I had known then what I know now,” which will run throughout the year in The Legal Intelligencer. The first article can be found here. Readers are encouraged to share their insights by sending an e-mail to [email protected] with their lessons learned. Thank you.

A watershed birthday inspired this series of articles concerning some lessons learned during a 25-year career in the law. Some of this education was based on personal experiences, but much resulted from observations shared by other lawyers. In Part I, four lessons were cited: 1) the value of building networks early, 2) not holding happiness hostage, 3) having the courage to overcome inertia and 4) understanding that it’s not all about you. Two more principles are shared this month.