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Have you ever wondered if the secret to professional triumph in law could lie in your next vacation?

That’s Steve’s conversation with Atticus CEO and the guest host of this episode, Valerie Peterson, as they turn the tables on Great Practice, Great Life. Steve and Valerie dive into the paradox at the heart of the legal profession: the belief that success is the product of relentless work, often at the expense of personal well-being. Together, they navigate a series of revelations about how peak performance—fueled by rest, strategic energy management, and a keen focus on cognitive health—can amplify a firm’s growth and enhance client service.

Valerie and Steve aren’t shy about confronting the hustle-harder culture prevalent in the legal field. They share stories of lawyers discovering that prioritizing their health isn’t just an indulgence. It’s critical for achieving the pinnacle of professional capability. Valerie and Steve explore strategies for fostering peak performance that defies the traditional grind-till-you-collapse ethos, outlining why a clear mind and a rested body can be your greatest assets in the courtroom or negotiation table. By redefining what success means, they believe lawyers can unlock professional rewards that align with a fulfilling life.

They also take an intimate look at the teeter-totter balance between a bustling legal career and the quest for personal happiness. Valerie and Steve discuss the notion that sacrificing your personal life is necessary for professional accolades and underscore the importance of defining success on your own terms.

Come along with us and reflect on how prioritizing well-being isn’t just a strategic career move but an act of self-respect that can enrich every facet of your life.

In this episode, you will hear:

  • Valerie Peterson’s “podcast takeover” explores how prioritizing health and wellness leads to peak performance and law firm growth
  • Challenging the belief that non-ROI activities are futile
  • Promoting personal wellness as a catalyst for professional success
  • The counterintuitive role of rest and well-being in enhancing cognitive capabilities and problem-solving skills for lawyers
  • Practical steps to enhance performance
  • Examining the traditional culture of overwork in law firms
  • Building a peak performance team and personal support systems to sustain high performance in the legal profession
  • The importance of balancing a legal career with personal life
  • Debating the pursuit of wealth over well-being
  • How redefining success and investing in wellness can lead to greater professional satisfaction

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Supporting Resources:

Valerie Peterson: Chief Executive Officer of Atticus

Great Practice. Great Life.® by Atticus® – 031: 10 Things I Learned as a CEO That I Wish I’d Known as a Lawyer with Valerie Peterson: Part 1

Great Practice. Great Life.® by Atticus® – 032: 10 Things I Learned as a CEO That I Wish I’d Known as a Lawyer with Valerie Peterson: Part 2

Great Practice. Great Life.® by Atticus® – 066: A GREAT Habit for a Great Life: The Podcast Takeover with Valerie Peterson

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

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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