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Listen to Kendrick Lamar: This Is Why It Pays to Give Back

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The path to success for entrepreneurs is often long and arduous. Most of us have, at least in the early stages, worked around the clock to prove to ourselves and others that our ideas and methods are valid and will stand the test of time. When we finally do turn that corner and begin to see results, it can be hard to think beyond the extra zeros on our bank account balances.

But if we don’t do that, our success will ultimately be meaningless. The best thing I’ve learned as a successful entrepreneur is the importance of looking beyond my own interests and being of service to others. It was a hard-learned lesson, but it is perhaps the most valuable one that I can share with aspiring business people.

When you begin with nothing, there is only one direction you can go. It can be strangely liberating to start from a place where you have nothing to lose. I started my own law firm almost three decades ago with virtually nothing. I had finished law school saddled with a six-figure student debt. I had no financial backing, mentors or clients. All I had to my name was a love of the law and a commitment to using my skills to better the lives of those less fortunate.

Today, my boutique Los Angeles firm has nine lawyers and regularly achieves outlier eight-figure verdicts and settlements. Even though I have a very successful law practice, I’ve never forgotten the sense of freedom I enjoyed when I was first starting out.

To be clear, no magic transpired after I started my own practice. I simply worked as hard and smart as I could. I focused not only on being the best trial lawyer, but also on being the best human outside the courtroom. It took time, but through sheer perseverance and dedication, I got to where I am today. I spent considerable time on self-development focused on personal and professional growth.

In addition to my legal practice, I now have a thriving side career as a techno and house DJ and music producer. My record label, There Is a Light Records, is dedicated to releasing (and supporting) techno and house music.

Based on my own experience, I advise others........

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