It’s been said that entrepreneurship is the greatest course in personal development. Julie Fleming and Jory Fisher will discuss the lessons they’ve learned (both business and personal) in the combined nearly twelve years since they launched their businesses. From “must have” tools to tips on how to run your business when life gets in the way (and vice versa!), Julie and Jory will share the joys and nitty gritty truth of being a small biz owner.
About Julie Fleming
Julie A. Fleming, founder of Atlanta-based Lex Innova Consulting, helps lawyers worldwide use innovative and effective measures to build a strong book of business. Julie holds a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University and is the author of The Reluctant Rainmaker: A Guide for Lawyers Who Hate Selling (2009) and Seven Foundations of Time Mastery for Attorneys (2011), as well as numerous articles focusing on topics such as business development, practice management, work/life balance, and leadership development. Before launching her consulting business, Julie practiced law for over a decade in firms of three to more than 2100 attorneys, focusing her practice in patent litigation.
Julie’s Success Tips
- Get good at saying no to opportunities and invitations that don’t feed your business or your soul. It’s better to say no graciously, but it’s critical to say no when you need to do so.
- Remember that you are your product. Self-care time feels optional, but it isn’t.
- Create a schedule that works for you. I do my best work before 6 AM or after midnight, and I adjust my schedule accordingly.
- As you take a bigger stand and create a larger presence, you’ll get all kinds of feedback. I find this quote (from John Wooden) helpful: “You can’t let praise or criticism get to you. It’s a weakness to get caught up in either one.” Georgia O’Keefe added this gem: “I have already settled it for myself so flattery and criticism go down the same drain and I am quite free.” Listen for truth, and don’t get swayed by opinion.
- Look for new ways to accomplish old goals. For example, relationships-building is a must, but you can do it over coffee or over Twitter. Choose your tools wisely.
Julie’s Favorite Quote
“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.” William Penn
Listen to the interview with Julie by clicking the link below.