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  • Writer's pictureViveca Fallenius

The three secrets of happy lawyers - my topic as a guest lecturer at Bond University

Updated: Feb 21, 2020

Little did we know that first day of law school, that lawyers are the most miserable professionals! But there are ways around it. For the third year in a row, I was invited as a guest lecturer for the post graduate class The Digital Lawyer at Bond University in Australia. With a diverse set of students from all over the world, I shared my insights after almost 15 years in the legal sector, in different positions and countries.

For many years, I loved working as a lawyer. It's intellectually stimulating and you learn new things everyday. However, studies show that many lawyers struggle with substance abuse, anxiety and stress. So I think it's essential to know that and to find ways to stay happy and healthy. That's why I shared my three secrets. Throughout my career, I've learnt that identifying your strengths and finding your thing is crucial, whether it is business development, presentations, research, sustainability or something else. Plus, try to dedicate at least two hours per week on pro bono work - it's scientifically proven to make you a happier person. Lastly, quit your law firm job and build your own business. This sector needs a radical change. Be part of the solution. I believe that will make you happy.

The world needs more inspired people.

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