Children are less shy about having personal heroes. Though they may choose somebody fictional to exalt, such as a cartoon character, they truly believe in these figures, and play act being them. Such a single-minded mindset might be approached with sophistication as adults. When you want to determine your trajectory is in your legal profession, and get a chance where it might and should go, consider the lives of others who went before you. Know, first of all, what you love, since loving what you do is the best advice for choosing a legal profession; finding others who feel the same way is the next step.
There are two routes to take in this: reading an actual biography of an established lawyer, something on the shelves or that you picked up in the library. The impression one gets, when reading about any famous figure, is a sort of surprise and recognition that they struggle the same sorts of the slights and grievance we struggle. In this, they are representative. The greatest lesson to take home from reading any such biography is that this man chose the same field as you, faced discouragements and delays, much as your own, and yet persisted, even when it seemed foolish to persist. Letting that lesson sink in and do its work is priceless.
The second route for learning about those who have succeeded in your career is to do some mentoring. It’s never too late, you;re never too old, to sit down with somebody you admire, and ask them if they would tell their story, explain how they got where they are today, what it took, and where they plan to go tomorrow. After all, most people who are successful in their career, even if modest about, probably have some glowing pride in their heart, and would not mind explaining their successes to a person genuinely interested. It is true that sometimes success if bashful, and sometimes attorneys can be secretive about how they get where they are. But in a one-to-one interview, they might be more divulgent.
For more than hearing about statistics and abstract goals, or seeing figures of how much money you could be making if you got this job or that job, remember that of course we are still human, and humans love stories. We want, ultimately, to hear stories we can believe it, stories that can inspire our own story. Getting your mind around such stories will propel your career till the end. So keep your eyes open, both for online stories, and from stories straight from the horses mouth: you will find a great way to orient yourself.