I have decided to stop chasing after my dreams. After more than 16 years of chasing after ‘my dream’, at age 36, I have decided to call it quits, I am retiring from the rat race. I have come to realise that all things were created by God for God. All I have to do is use the talent and resources He (God) has availed to me to make a difference.
The pursuit for greatness started when I was a child when like any other child I wanted to impress my parents (in particular my father) and become a respectable person in society. This resulted in me deciding to pursue a career in law, a profession revered by many in society. In the year 2000 I left for University and pursued my dream, I completed my law degree in 2004 and was admitted as an attorney in 2006.
Qualifying as an attorney was an achievement in itself as I managed to pass all 4 of my board exams, obtaining a distinction in legal bookkeeping. My principal was so impressed with me (‘his investment’), as this was something that was not achieved by many attorneys. He believed that I was what he referred to as ‘cream of the crop’ which I understood meant that I was one of the chosen ones.
A year and half after my qualification I joined one of the most prominent law firms in the country as an Associate attorney and formed part of a team advising on major commercial transactions. Being at a prominent law firm was still not enough for me, so I opted to explore my entrepreneurial skills and conquer the world of business and went on to practice for my own account with a medium sized law firm. My pursuit for greatness and determination to achieve enabled me to do this for 4 years until I decided to join the corporate entity I am currently working for as an in-house attorney.
Despite the progression I have made in my current company after joining them 5 years ago, I am at a point where I still have to think about the next step, the next challenge, in pursuit of ‘my dream’. There is just no end to this! I feel like I am a dog chasing its tail!
While contemplating what to do next, I realised that the greatness that I have relentlessly pursued over the years is something that I had all along. My desire to impress my parents was completely unnecessary as from what I have recently learned, I impressed them the day I was born. For this reason I no longer need to decide what’s next, I only need to find out where I can use my skill set and resources to make a difference. I firmly believe that ‘my only job when I get up in the morning is to trust God and do good’.
This has resulted in the establishment of The Good Lawyers’ Network (TGLN), an online platform with a purpose to inform, inspire and equip lawyers with knowledge and tools that enable them to be their client’s trusted legal adviser. In these challenging times we need lawyers to be obsessed with doing good and making a difference in society. Doing good is not only reserved for great icons, it is inherent in each and every human being. “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” – Desmond Tutu
Article written by Moroke Phajane from the TGLN team.