Even though I went to law school, I entered the tech world without planning but by divine appointment. They say no experience is wasted and that is true.
I did not even like using computers except to type my assignments. It seemed like a chore. Whenever I heard of programming, it seemed like a foreign language that only certain people could understand. My desire and goal was work as a legal eagle at a top law firm.
However, I found myself doing temporary jobs that did not require my legal education. I wanted job stability that paid me well but definitely not to write code. I knew I was passionate about many things but technology was not on my self-defined horizon.
One day, destiny walked in when I was broke.
The information technology sector was booming and I had friends who were doing very well earning unbelievable daily rates. I asked them to tell me what I needed to do to get into the industry, what I needed to study, which certifications to pursue and the easiest way to enter the field.
It is amazing how you conquer fear when your back is against the wall. All you know is that there must be a way out and if you remain where you are, most likely your destiny would not be fulfilled.
To me, it was a Red Sea moment that I needed to cross over. I definitely did not want to look back twenty years and be in the same position. It was either to evolve with elevation in sight or remain where I was with the possibility of regret. I chose the former.
What did I do next?
Here are the three ways law school helped my business
1. I took fear by the horn, did some research, grabbed a couple of books.
I did not even own a computer. I was determined to not allow limitations derail my mission. I went back to live with my mother and kept telling myself that I could really work in the information technology sector.
2. I learned how to use my time wisely.
There was a lot to learn. For each phase, I gave myself deadlines. I spent full days at the library for weeks, studying, practicing how to write code and learning everything I needed to know about front-end web development.
3. I immersed myself in learning as if I was studying for the bar.
I was determined to learn this new language that would open doors for me. I knew that in order for me to get to where I needed to be, I had to do the work with an expectation of success.
I wrote HTML and CSS codes and I expected to see the output on my screen. It is like sowing a seed. You plant it and you expect it to germinate. You do not plant it and expect it to die. My expectation was to see the web page in its finest form and I did.
At the first glance of the web page I designed, I was overjoyed. I was happy because it showed me that knowledge with the right application is indeed power. It showed me that programming code was not difficult and that it was all in the mind.
My mind conceived the possibility of success and it manifested after I took action. The feeling was great.
If you are considering leaving the legal profession or even merging your legal expertise with other fields, there are options available to you. With determination and the right knowledge, you can thrive in any field you choose to enter.
*This article was first published on The Huffington Post.