Sometimes the road less travelled produces a roadmap for greater success. As someone who was born with "that old travelin' bone" (with thanks to John Fogerty), I hitchhiked through each of the lower 48 states as well as the 10 provinces of Canada. I rode freight trains and Forrest Gumped multiple pairs of walking shoes. I worked as a day laborer at hundreds of jobs including, commercial fishing, on the railroad, and apple, orange, tomato picking. I spent many years with people that society deemed "on the fringe". It was, without question , the formative experience of my life and taught me many things, but, perhaps, most importantly, don't judge a book by its cover.
After settling down, I discovered that I am a better worker than employee . I refer to this as being a reluctant entrepreneur. I started and ran a greeting card company, which I sold. I also served as the start up and operating partner of a millwork company which specialized in custom windows and doors. Both businesses continue to operate successfully today. My experience as a business owner, reinforced my belief that you need to, do what you say you are going to do.
I started my formal education by earning my GED. I then spent a year at community college at night, while working full time. From there, I moved on to U-Mass Amherst while growing my greeting card business. And, finally, I attended William and Mary School of Law while running the very same, but much larger multi-location greeting card company and actively helping to care for my infant twin boys. While I'm bragging a little, my real point is that I learned not only to work hard, but also to work smart.
These are the principles that I bring to my practice of the law.
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