Do you know any lawyers in your network who are not very fulfilled in their career? In my practice, I have worked with many lawyers where law chose them through circumstances, such as not knowing what to do with a general Arts degree or through trying their luck at writing their LSAT. The legal profession is terrific, if it is the right fit for you. For many, the role of being a lawyer is not anywhere what they anticipated with the demands on billing, the hours, workload and the general tasks involved with being a lawyer.
This weeks Podcast is with Andrew Stewart. Despite a Masters of Law from Cambridge and a successful law career at two firms in Vancouver, Andrew didn’t love the law. He was stressed out and anxious and felt that he wasn’t living up to his own standards. Andrew had pursued Law in university as a route to a secure career but he had always been interested in music. He decided to make a change and focus on what he really loved – the performing arts. He left the law firm and went into private practice to gain more control and flexibility over his schedule. He started to sing again and took voice lessons and acting classes at night. As he started to listen to his inner voice – putting to rest the inner turmoil he had felt as a result of his dissatisfaction with his legal career – his singing voice got stronger. He had found the place where his passion and his desire for excellence worked in harmony. Andrew spent a year studying with Peter Barcza, a baritone with a worldwide reputation. He was offered a role by Nancy Hermiston, the director of opera at the University of British Columbia. A series of other roles followed. He also auditioned successfully for the internationally recognized two-year diploma program in opera offered through UBC’s School of Music. It was a challenging time as Andrew was still in private practice, this time studying opera by day and doing work in corporate finance law at night. When he completed the opera program, Andrew had a choice to make. Should he pursue opera full time and try to take it to the next level?
In 2006, he won a coveted spot in the Canadian Opera Company’s Studio Ensemble program, which grooms singers to become world-class performers. The program draws hundreds of applicants from around the world, and Andrew was one of only three to be chosen as a resident artist.
Andrew has learned that you need to listen to yourself and find your own voice. "Sometimes we are telling ourselves what we should do. It is important to do what you want to do now. It’s good to be sensible, but listen to that voice. You have to follow what is in your heart, guide it with what is in your head and listen to your inner voice."
As a professional, are you having a challenge with knowing what is in your heart or hearing your own voice? Be sensible. Book an initial consultation and start the journey towards a better future now.
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Are you fulfilled in your career? What do you really want to do. Listen to your inner voice and take the first step towards pursuing a career you will love.