More than once, during my teenage years, I've thought about the option of becoming a lawyer. The popular law-related TV shows back in the day, like JAG, Ally McBeal or the Los Angeles Lawyers at L.A Law, have portrayed the inner workings of a law firm and the legal system, to being fun and complete with "sizzling" excitement from every aspect of the practice. It all seemed so perfect, for a teenager who is gazing at his future, which is limitless and bountiful with opportunities. But the catch is, it was not all true. My Father, who was an engineer, quite often spoke about his life lessons as a young man. He told me that his passion was to become a Botanist and later he discovered, that his love for plants would align better if he had his own garden to care for. His confusion came about as a result of a book his grandfather read to him at night before bedtime when he was a child. We all develop preconceived ideas about subjects, based on the information we absorb. The information is not necessarily incorrect but can be incomplete or misleading in the context that it comes across.
My Mom worked in Downtown Los Angeles which was perfect! at least twice a week I took the initiative to visit the Superior Court of Los Angeles - Stanley Mosk Courthouse. During each visit, I picked a different Court Room to sit in and try to grasp what in the world was going on in these intimidating wood-panelled rooms. Very soon, I understood that the reality of TV-land is very far from the reality of.... well, reality. Although there were some mixed emotions of disappointment and a dash of confusion, I stuck with it. Low and behold, shortly after I picked up and dusted off my determination, the visits to the Court House revealed a whole new world. I started taking notes, asking the questions and even making some good connections that later became very valuable to my career. This newfound passion has brought me to the best decision of my life,(other than my marriage to my beloved Priscilla 26 years ago) I want to become a Los Angeles Defense Lawyer. I Was not sure yet which cases I want to specialize in but hey, at 19 years of age, and already know what I want to do in life? was pretty darn good. I have friends in their 40s' who are still not sure about which brand of cereal they want for breakfast.
I must say, that by choosing my path so early on, it has offered me the clarity and drive to reach my goal with relative ease. There were those bumps on the road of course, however thanks to my good friends at Law School, I was back on my horse and riding into the sunset.
No matter what you choose for yourself in life, do consider the value in finding passion. It is the key to success. For me it was the catalyst for becoming the Best Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles !