If you want to succeed in a large law firm, you need to understand what is causing so many other attorneys to fail in them. Learn more in this article.

I started my early career as an asphalt contractor. Like practicing law, there is a great deal of money that can be made in asphalt contracting if you are very good at it. Like practicing law, people advance and succeed in the asphalt contracting business for a variety of reasons.
A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

NOTE: At the outset, I want to warn you that much of what you are about to read may be offensive to you personally. It may upset you because I am going to lay out some cold, very hard truths about practicing law and succeeding at it—and it is not going to be what you want to hear. I am going to tell you why you may not deserve the success you have and how to hold on to it. I am also going to tell you why if you have a great opportunity you need to take advantage of it and give it everything the opportunity asks of you.

The most successful asphalt contractor I knew was making so much money that when he built a new house on top of a large hill he installed hydraulics on the home so he could move it in various directions to face the sun as it rose and fell each day. He was a huge success story. He was not educated, not incredibly motivated and not particularly “flashy” or obvious. He did one thing very well, however: He followed rules.

He had gotten very wealthy under a government program that benefited minority contractors and people from special backgrounds. I am not going to tell you if he was handicapped, an American Indian, black, or something else—it does not matter. What is important here is that he was given a special opportunity because of something in his background that made the government want to advance him in an industry that had traditionally been dominated by white, middle class men. (Women contractors were also considered a “special group” under this program.)