Why I Do What I Do: Susan Cartier Liebel on Motivation and Joy

MotivationWhen I started The Girl’s Guide to Law School, one of the first people to take me under her wing was Susan Cartier Liebel, founder of Solo Practice University. Honestly, I was pretty shocked. I had nothing really to offer (other than my undying gratitude), but Susan clearly wasn’t helping me because she wanted a later favor. She was just doing it because that’s what she does. It’s who she is.

Today, I’m thrilled to welcome her to tell you — in her own words — what motivates her, so you can uncover your own foundational motivation, too. Here’s Susan…

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. ~ Anne Ritchie

When I was asked to pick a quote to be placed under my photo in our high school yearbook I couldn’t decide between Anne Ritchie’s quote above or, “When Duty whispers low, Thou must, The youth replies, I can!” It is a line from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Voluntaries. I eventually selected Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote. While I didn’t interpret it the way the author intended, it became my mantra at that time in my life. If I made up my mind to do something, whether my duty or any task, I could and would do it. That hasn’t changed to this day.

What is Motivation?

What I faced throughout my earlier years, however, was figuring out my motivation in life.
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Considering Going Solo? Wisdom from the Founder of Solo Practice University

Susan Cartier LiebelToday’s interview is with Susan Cartier Liebel, Founder & CEO of Solo Practice University, one of my favorite law-related sites on the Internet. (Not kidding, it’s great.) She’s here to talk about her unique career path, and what you can do to position yourself for success if you’re considering going solo.

Without further ado…

I’ve been working full-time for about a decade, but I’m thinking of going to law school. I’m worried that I’m too old to do it, and that there won’t be anyone to hire me when I get out. You had a career before law school — how do you suggest evaluating my options, so I can figure out if law school is a good idea?

How I got to law school is a very interesting story…at least to some.

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