Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Better Call Bob Odenkirk for Career Advice

Bob Odenkirk was recently on the Nerdist podcast to promote his new book and talk about Better Call Saul, a spin-off of Breaking Bad. Bob shared loads of career and life advice, probably unconsciously, but it seems worth repeating here.

If you are good at something, surround yourself with people doing something different. You'll shine more. Bob started doing improv with Chris Farley and David Cross at Second City. On stage with these comedy giants one day, he realized he was funny but would play funnier in drama. And as dark as Breaking Bad was (and it sounds like Better Call Saul is), Bob is the levity.

You don't have to be the best law student or lawyer. And "best" is relative, right? It depends on the others around you. If you're not the top of the class here, it doesn't mean you won't be an exceptional lawyer. And if you find yourself as a middle-quality attorney in a firm of 500 attorneys, consider a switch. Think about what you're truly good at, move to that field, and be the best attorney among that crowd. Your attorney skills can then complement the work others are doing, and you will be perceived as---and very well might be---exceptional.