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The most difficult thing I’ve written to date
I published an essay today on Legal Evolution, it was the hardest piece of content I have published to date.
The upshot of the essay (spoiler alert) is that tech needs to start solving problems for people, not just companies. When I say “need” I don’t mean it in the moral sense. I mean pure economics. Subscribers to this newsletter might remember that I have covered this topic on multiple webinars
So why was this so hard for me to write? As opposed to previous essays that I have written that have been purely about business, this article was deeply personal. I talked about shifting priorities after dealing with my own unhealthy work life balance surrounding the death of a family member.
But what made this piece so painful is that, by unfortunate circumstance, I ended up writing it leading up to and immediately following the death and funeral of another family member, this time the mother of someone on my team who succumbed to a long and difficult battle with cancer. I will not go into details and I do not make any references in my article. But, you should know it was front and center in my mind. The creative exercise of publishing this essay (which involved a lot of tears) was a reminder to me that setting priorities (and boundaries) and sticking to them is a constant challenge and there aren’t easy answers.
I told Professor Henderson that this was the most important thing I have written to date, and I stand by that. I hope you will read it.