Taking it Easy Isn’t an Option

Has anyone ever told you to “take it easy”?

It was recently brought to light that boxing legend Mike Tyson would be taking on Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition fight. You know, pretty low stakes with not much on the line considering he’s already made a name and legacy for himself.

However, when asked if he was going to “take it easy,” Tyson swiftly responded, “I am a neophyte in ‘taking it easy.’”

This amazed me because I thought to myself, if Mike Tyson doesn’t even take it easy for an exhibition match that doesn’t count for anything, then why do so many business leaders feel they can take it easy when they’ve got so much on the line?

In my opinion, one of the worst things an ambitious, committed, and driven law firm owner can do is decide to take it easy. 

Just because someone else thinks you should do less or dial it back doesn’t mean that it’s in your best interest to do so. 

To me, that’s just a cue that you should be surrounding yourself with others who share the same goals and aspirations as you — those who will encourage you and constantly push you to be a better version of yourself.

It doesn’t mean that these “take it easy” people don’t care about you, but instead their goals may not be your goals and you’ve got to be committed to what you want. After all, you don’t want to end up resenting those who didn’t align with your drive. 

You see, each person has to know thyself. If you’re the type that wants to go all-in, all the time, then what’s stopping you from doing that? Why should you have to feel guilty for wanting to be committed? 

Be like Mike Tyson. Be a neophyte to “taking it easy.” You’ll thank yourself later when you’ve reached the top. 

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