My boss had requested a file earlier, but I had to wait until the meeting was over and everyone was standing around talking to deliver it. As soon as I walked into the building, I saw “him” leaning over a drafting table, discussing something with one of the engineers. (It’s right next to my boss’s desk.) “Hey Steve, how’s it hanging’?” I said as I walked over, dropped the file, turned around, gave him a backhanded slap on the buttocks, and walked out the door without missing a beat. Learn more by visiting The Clark Law Office.
I had only taken two steps outside the office when the whole room burst out laughing. I didn’t get to see him face to face, but the stories I learned later were priceless! Okay, if he wanted to play that game, he had to expect me to return the favour. (I still have to joke about it after all these years.)Needless to say, he backed off (as all bullies do), and I got my chance on the field shortly after. By simply standing up for myself, I had shown that I could compete on the same level as the rest of them. I jumped at the chance and never looked back.
That day, I realised that true workplace equality isn’t even a gender problem. It has more to do with your own self-perceptions. If you allow the bullies of the world to stop you, you’ll be defeated before you’ve even started. You must first stand up for yourself, and then the rest of the world will happily follow suit.”Naturally, the assumption is that pursuing a law degree indicates a desire to become a lawyer. Although this may be true for the majority of students who declare the major, it is not unheard of for someone to earn a degree and then decide not to pursue a career as an attorney.