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  • Andres V. Gil, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardwell

    "The Creative Lawyer addresses the professional needs of a lawyer's most often ignored client: her/himself. With clear, direct prose and a dose of humor, The Creative Lawyer provides a practical roadmap for achieving professional satisfaction by lawyers regardless of seniority or career path. It should be in everyone's in-box."
  • Gretchen Rubin, blogger, The Happiness Project; former editor-in-chief, Yale Law Journal

    “There is no book on the shelves to compare with The Creative Lawyer. Funny, well-researched, and provocative, it’s an invaluable guide to understanding yourself better––not just as a lawyer, but as a person. It’s full of useful exercises, relevant case histories, and powerful insights, delivered in unlawyer-like concise and entertaining prose. should be required reading for anyone who has taken The bar exam – or, for that matter, anyone who is considering taking the LSAT.”
  • Joe Hodnicki, Associate Director for Library Operations, University of Cincinnati Law Library; editor of Law Librarian Blog

    "Michael F. Melcher's The Creative Lawyer should be handed out to every graduating class of law school students at their hooding ceremonies."
  • Jeremy Blachman, author/blogger, Anonymous Lawyer

    "The Creative Lawyer is a terrific workbook to help lawyers -- or anyone -- start to figure out how to find fulfillment in their careers. I think law students especially will find value in it... I definitely wish I'd had it to read while in law school, in part just to know there are options out there, and lawyers who are balancing their lives and finding happiness in the profession."
  • Richard I. Beattie, Chairman, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

    The Creative Lawyer is an invaluable resource for every lawyer looking for ways to gain satisfaction from the profession, as well as in his or her life.”
  • Henry Robles, Television Writer

    “Thousands of lawyers and law students will be thanking their lucky stars that someone took the time to write such a helpful and insightful book. The Creative Lawyer empowers all lawyers to find true career satisfaction by providing them with the tools to take an unflinching look at themselves and take control of their own futures. A book full of applicable wisdom and practical exercises designed to conquer the problem keeping so many lawyers unhappily toiling in unfulfilling careers: lack of self-knowledge.”
  • Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder & President, Flex-Time Lawyers LLC

    "The Creative Lawyer is a must-read. It combines practicality with ingenuity to help lawyers to live more fulfilled, productive and successful lives. It's invaluable guide for lawyers to take the concrete steps and develop the skills they need to live enriched lives and thrive as lawyers."
  • Noah Feldman, Professor, Harvard Law School

    “Whether you are living the law or leaving it, you need wise counsel to make your career meaningful. One part Socrates, one part Deepak Chopra, and one part cheerleader, Michael Melcher is the ideal advisor for lawyers contemplating their options. The Creative Lawyer should be mandatory reading for anyone who has ever set foot in law school.”
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March 10, 2013


Tyler agent

Thanks for the post, and hopefully I can get help here. But anyways, I need to help my sister find a personal injury lawyer due to her bad decisions. And I came across what are your thoughts on them?

Jason Fonceca

Fantastic post, Michael!

I absolutely LOVE how you clarify key things like multi-tasking vs. task-switching and flow-challenge/flow-ease. And I'm a huge fan of mindfulness.

That said, I'd like to contribute a slightly different perspective.

I notice that the article starts off on the premise that being a 'successful' *adult* is a good thing, and so we should delay gratification, and not be (foolish?) children.

but from what I can tell (research, personal experience, simple observation and pattern recognition), children and people with child-like qualities in general, are much, much happier, and a happier life could be said to be a more 'successful' life.

In fact, many of our world's "most successful" (giant celebrities) lived a life of instant gratification.

For example, Drake often sings (and his producer often tells) the nail-biting tale of how he spent a $1,000 on champagne before they'd been signed or sold any albums.

And depending on which biographies one reads, one can find many stories of instant-gratification-gone-right.


What does this second perspective mean?

Well to me, it indicates that you'r e still right, and I still love your post, most people could use a deeper understanding of delayed gratification, but at the same time, perhaps a BALANCE is needed, or perhaps a LIFE of instant-gratification can be awkward at the beginning but "made workable?"

Either way, hopefully there's some food for thought here and some discussion starters.

Keep ryzin'! :)

P.S. I never thought I'd see the words "Creative" and "Lawyer" together. I LOVE IT.

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  • The Creative Lawyer: A Practical Guide to Authentic Professional Satisfaction is a self-help and career-management book for lawyers of all levels of experience.

    Authored by Michael Melcher, one of America’s leading career coaches who is himself an attorney, the book is a step-by-step method for imagining and realizing your path to personal and professional satisfaction. Brilliantly written, consistently practical, and filled with scores of illuminating exercises, The Creative Lawyer is the book that the profession has been waiting for.

From The Creative Lawyer

  • “The process of creating a life that works for you does not unfold logically. It proceeds in fits and starts, involves unlearning as much as learning, and requires you to push forward amidst ambiguity. You have to act before you’re ready to act, consider that your true interests and preferences might surprise you, and defer evaluation until you have collected a lot of evidence. You have to get out into the world, seek out new experiences and connect with new people.

    "I try to stick to these principles not because they’re always easy, but because I’ve learned they work.”