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For many attorneys, their career path can feel like a one-way street. They’ve invested so much time, energy, and resources into their current practice that making any changes seems impossible. However, staying in a career that no longer fulfills you is ultimately unsustainable. It is possible to assess your situation and make the necessary changes to reboot your career, even if that means starting over from scratch.

In the latest episode of Great Practice, Great Life®, Steve interviews John Murphy, who took a bold step to start a new practice in Medicaid, estate planning, and probate services in his 50s. John’s story is a powerful reminder that it’s never too late to reinvent yourself and your career. By taking charge of his life and focusing on what he was passionate about, John built a successful practice that gave him the freedom and flexibility he craved.

Despite some personal obstacles, today, John is happier than ever. During the process of building this new practice later in life, he’s learned:

  • Coaching isn’t an expense. Instead, consider it an investment in your career. His experience with Atticus really helped take his career to the next level.
  • People who have never worked in law can offer a different perspective inside your law practice. Using that perspective allowed John to develop a system for Medicaid applications that made everyone involved’s jobs easier.
  • Set goals and figure out how to reach them. He figured out revenue goals by determining what each cost his firm, and how much money he needed to make to hit those goals, then he set the target.
  • Blocking time allows you to spend time focusing on work. If you don’t have boundaries around when you can meet with clients, they’ll take over your schedule, leaving you less time to get the work done.

If you want to learn more about making a Great Practice Great Life® transformation, check out

Steve Riley

Certified Practice Advisor & Attorney

Steve Riley has coached attorneys for more than 20 years. His one-on-one coaching focuses on a limited number of top producing attorneys committed to taking their practices to new levels of excellence, profit, and personal success. He also presents at group coaching workshops around the country for individual law firms, state bar associations, and other legal organizations.

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