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As a dear friend and accomplished attorney, Mark Wight has always astounded Steve with his strength and tenacity.

Despite operating in a smaller community of Meridian, Idaho, Mark’s practice has flourished against the odds, transcending the typical limitations of a competitive legal market. Mark’s journey is a testament to the power of maintaining a growth mindset, and his ability to appreciate progress, no matter how seemingly insignificant, is genuinely inspirational.

In this episode of Great Practice, Great Life®, Steve and Mark navigate the fascinating concepts illuminated in Carol Dweck’s book, where the growth mindset goes head-to-head with a fixed mindset. They reflect on their personal experiences and how these mindsets have shaped our professional evolution. The legal profession requires constant learning and flexibility, so they dissect how maintaining an open mindset is crucial. They also delve into the fear that can sometimes hinder this openness and how to battle the beliefs that fuel this fear. 

Moving forward, Steve and Mark explore the concept of a growth mindset as a secret weapon for lawyers. By acknowledging and embracing their triumphs and their struggles and missteps, they open themselves up to real, meaningful progress. They conclude by shedding light on the importance of understanding the value of what you offer in marketing and sales. It’s not about pushing a product or service; it’s about genuinely helping people solve problems.

Join Steve and Mark in this insightful conversation, and be ready to learn, grow, and redefine your mindset.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • The importance of a growth mindset in the legal profession, with guest attorney Mark Wight, who built a successful practice in a small, competitive community
  • A reflection on personal experiences and the impact of growth versus fixed mindsets on professional development
  • Exploring fear as a barrier to an open mindset and strategies to overcome limiting beliefs
  • Why you should embrace both triumphs and struggles as part of personal and professional growth
  • The concept of a growth mindset as a secret weapon for lawyers, enhancing their competitiveness in the legal market
  • The value of genuinely helping people solve problems in marketing and sales, as opposed to pushing a product or service
  • Advice from Mark on coaching other lawyers, understanding the value of professional services, and maintaining a patient, open mindset

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Supporting Resources:

Mark Wight: Adjunct Practice Advisor & Attorney

Group Coaching Programs

Idaho Estate Planning

Get Real: Planning for Life, Death & Disability by Mark E. Wight

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.

The Gap and the Gain: The High Achievers’ Guide to Happiness, Confidence, and Success by Dan Sullivan

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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