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Praise Addiction

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | May 13, 2019

No. 1,630


We all like to be told that we are doing a good job. According to a series of articles I read in Inc. Magazine, when some employees don’t get enough praise, they grow to hate their jobs. They might even quit.

If you suspect that you are one of those people, don’t even consider being a lawyer. The practice of law involves making hard decisions (and sticking to them) based upon the best interest of your client. What people who are not your client think about you cannot be a factor. Nor, in some cases, can you yield to your client when it counts and you know you are right. Don’t live for praise, do the right thing.

If you cannot imagine how such a situation could ever arise, watch a few episodes of Doc Martin, currently re-running on PBS. His patients are always defying his instructions. Later he has to save their lives.

Although they grumble about his gruff manner, in the; long run, the people in the community grow to respect his uncompromising dedication to principle.



CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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