Have you ever sat down and thought about whether or not you are getting in your way at the office? Chances are that you have done this a couple of times already, and there is absolutely nothing wrong about that. It is no secret that everybody makes mistakes – yes, even lawyers who work at the best firms. While you may think that everyone you work with always follows the job instructions without ever making a single mistake, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are right. You see, even the best of lawyers are susceptible to making a simple mistake now and then. There are many people out there who think that a junior associate never gets any credit for doing a good job, but always gets a ton of blame for not doing a good job.
One significant thing that you need to remember is that while doing a good job without making any mistakes is usually expected out of attorneys, that doesn’t mean that you will always be able to avoid making mistakes. Regardless of how good of a lawyer you are, and irrespective of how good your intellect and intentions are, chances are that you are going to make some mistakes every once in a while. While some of these mistakes will be trivial and small, others might have a more significant impact on your career. With this in mind, here are three tips that every single lawyer should know!
Do Not Keep It To Yourself
It is imperative for you to tell your boss, as well as your co-workers about the mistake that you have made. Even if you know what you need to do to resolve the issue, be very careful about doing it without anybody’s help, because you might end up making the whole situation even worse. Yes, it is true that there are many mistakes that you can quickly fix by yourself, but it is always better to have someone help you out. That being said, instead of focusing on doing everything on your own, you should focus on improving your professional lifestyle. And if your own mistakes can’t motivate you to make positive changes to your professional lifestyle, then your problems are much worse than the error that you have just made
Come Up With a Plan To Fix the Mistake
Once you realize that you have just made a mistake, the next step is to come up with some plan to fix that mistake. The best thing about law is that mistakes are usually easily fixed – either with a notice of errata for litigation cases or just a discussion with opposing counsel or your client for transactional ones. Understanding what it takes to resolve the issue will give you the motivation to do whatever you can to correct the error that you have made. And if you can’t come up with a good plan on your own, talk to your co-workers and let them help you out.
Accept the Consequences
Even if you make a small mistake that will not cause any damage to the company that you are working for, you are still going to feel some consequences. But that is all just a part of the process, you know? That being said, you need to be ready to accept the consequences. You need to show your co-workers that you are more than willing to learn from your mistake. And if you work hard to regain your co-workers’ trust, the error that you have made will eventually become nothing more than a funny story.