Let’s talk about risk for a bit.
As lawyers are trained to never take risks, and to always see the downside of everything. There’s an old saw that you risk nothing by telling somebody “No,” but telling them “Yes,” opens yourself up to potential legal liability. And nobody wants that.￼￼
No-men are safer than yes-man, and often times more preferable. And I understand the yes-man trap, because you never want somebody who uncritically agrees with everything you say advising you, but there comes a point where this mentality can bleed into your every day life and cause problems.
However, for all the people who never went to law school, what’s your excuse￼?
I’m going to bring up Elon Musk not because I am a super fan, but because he’s the real world equivalent of Tony Stark. That guy is a visionary, and the amazing thing about him is that he actually gets his crazy stuff done.
Now, think about anytime you’ve had an idea that seems crazy or far-fetched to some. How many sit around pointing out obvious problems with it, as though you’ve never thought of them yourself? A lot probably. Now think about how many people will reply to your idea with potential solutions, or other follow on ideas that are just as inspiring?
We need to get out of this lawyer mentality. Not just in our personal lives, but as a culture.
As an ongoing part of my “Lawyers Ruin Everything” hypothesis, the fear of being sued strangles many new ideas in the crib. But what about your life? Isn’t it aggravating that sometimes every idea you have is met with reasons why it won’t work?
Yeah, that can be annoying. But what I find far, far worse is when I find myself doing that to other people.￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
At the end of the day, a lot of people don’t want to be responsible for the consequences of a decision. And that’s a problem. Is it any wonder that you don’t see any Elon Musk types in the legal profession?￼
I’m no visionary, but deciding to write a book about Rush fans that required intensive research and interviewing was pretty nuts. Luckily, I didn’t listen to myself telling myself no! Buy it here!