Balance Work|Life Balance

Time for Wonder Woman and Superman to Take Off the Cape

In her legal career Charlene had never encountered a challenge that stoic hard work and determination couldn’t beat. After severe abdominal pain forced her to the hospital’s emergency ward she returned to her office to finish an assignment despite the blindingly brutal pain. Months later she discovers that during this time the partner she reports to had found numerous flaws, typos and weaknesses in her work and had told her colleagues that she had grave concerns about Charlene’s legal abilities.

Sound familiar? As a coach I have come across numerous cases of lawyers facing health challenges and choosing to continue to work while keep their secret under wraps. These professionals are not workaholics. They are simply choosing to stick with a success strategy that has served them well throughout their lives but under these new circumstances leads them to failure.

The fact is, when we are under severe stress, high levels of pain, or suffering a head injury, our cognitive functioning is likely impaired. Working under these conditions is often a mistake and a disservice to our health, professional reputation, client relationships and relationships with our colleagues.

All of the individuals I know who have attempted to work through a major health or other crisis have told me that in retrospect it was a mistake.

I am writing this article to urge lawyers, male and female, to take some time off when the going gets tough.

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About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.