Be a really positive person;
be happy about things.
Try to laugh off the small things because
if you look negatively at things, then it’s
just going to worsen the situation. Being
positive attracts positive people and it
The best specific piece of advice I
got was from a professor at Rhode
Island College, Dr. Perrotta. He taught
introduction to law to me and I was a
psych major. I had never wanted to be an
attorney, and I had just taken the class for
fun. He came up to me and said, “I know
you have great grades. Have you ever
thought of taking the LSAT? … I know you
might not want to be a lawyer, but getting
your J.D. can open so many doors.” And
because of that advice, I actually did that.
And I ended up loving the profession.
ALICIA J. SAMOLIS / ASSOCIATE, PARTRIDGE
SNOW & HAHN, PROVIDENCE, R.I.,
Those who can, do. Those
who can't, have meetings.
I can't remember who it was exactly, but
someone on one of the Clinton campaigns
in the 1990s had a sign on their wall that
said [that]. In my own career, I think about
this saying often, especially when it's
decision-making time. In any matter, there
comes a time when all the information is
known, and it's just time to decide what to
do. Handling those moments is the guts of
BENJAMIN K. GRANT / ASSOCIATE,
MCTEAGUE HIGBEE, TOPSHAM, MAINE,
When you’re uncertain about
the right decision to make,
make the decision that
leaves you the most options.
It’s advice that was given to me by
my husband, Michael, long before we
were married. And it actually has been a
very good piece of advice over the years.
It’s applied to me both professionally
and personally—career-wise, in the
development of my career, and then also
just in being an attorney.
And then what tagged along with it
was that once you make a decision, accept
that no decision is perfect. Look back on
your decision with no regrets, but try to
learn from them. Accept that no decision is
perfect and is going to work out exactly the
way you plan.
VICTORIA L. WALTON / ASSOCIATE, BURNS
& LEVINSON, BOSTON, MASS., BUSINESS