Seth Godin writes this morning that ‘Going with the flow is a euphemism for failing.’ The point being that it takes pushing harder than most to accomplish the remarkable.
I wish getting law firms to use social media for client development didn’t fall in the achieving the ‘remarkable’ category. But I’m a realist.
To those of you who have got your law firm started down the road of social media, including blogging, kudos to you. In most cases it’s just a start, you have a long way to go. For those with dreams of achieving the remarkable, get ready to push – and push hard.
There’s two ways you can push harder, per Seth. Stay between the lines or break out of the boundaries.
Some artists continually seek to tear down boundaries, to find new powder, new territory, new worlds to explore. They’re the ones that hop the fence to get to places no one has ever been.
Other artists understand that they need to see the edges of the box if they’re going to create work that lasts. No fence, no art.
Can’t do both at the same time.
My guess is that you’re already one kind of person or the other. When people present you with an opportunity/problem, what’s your first reaction? Some people immediately start looking for loopholes or weak boundaries. ‘You didn’t say we couldn’t do xxx’. For these people, the best and most obvious solution is to completely demolish the problem and play by different rules.
Other people, some just as successful, take a hard look at the boundaries and create something that plays within, that follows the rules, but that is likely to win because of this.
In my experience, either can work, but only by someone willing to push harder than most in their push to be remarkable.
I’ve talked with enough legal professionals to know it can be done either way.
With a lot of hard pushing through the committees for really slow action at your law firm, some of you have got your law firm blogging and using other forms of social media. Others have said damn the torpedoes, ‘I’m starting, I’ll pay the costs myself, and I’ll apologize later if I create any problems.’
Either way can work. But going with the flow is a recipe for failure.