Sometimes I’m asked why I became an entrepreneur and why I started my own law firm and later my own business strategy firm. At the time I started my groups, I just didn’t feel right in corporate America. For me, corporate America meant large law firms. I couldn’t be myself. I couldn’t do the things that I thought my clients needed done because of the rigid confines of the structures I was working in. Law firms had very particular ways of doing things, and they had very particular requirements in ways to bill clients, set up matters, and work with them, and I knew for various reasons that it just didn’t make sense.
I wanted to work differently, so I started my own organizations. I left the confines of the big law firms to find a way to do more, to be able to help my clients, to help them grow, and to allow me to be me, to provide economic value by doing the things that I’m best at. Sometimes when you work at a larger organization, particularly one that’s been established for quite some times, the roles are very well defined, and I, fortunately, or unfortunately, didn’t fit the role of being that senior attorney in a large law firm. I didn’t enjoy sitting at my desk grinding away doing routine matters again and again. I have a creative side. I like to express that. I like to come up with innovative solutions. I like to help people reach their goal, and I couldn’t do this in other confines, but by being an entrepreneur and starting my own law firm, I could find ways to work creatively with my clients. I could work side by side with them. We could implement solutions. We could do things that made sense. We could think outside of the box.
Later, as my entrepreneurial journey evolved, I started my business strategy firm based on market demands and by learning how to provide the highest and best value to the clients, and that’s what it’s all about. By being separated from rigid structures, I’m able to be creative, I’m able to think differently, I’m able to do more for myself and for others.
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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.