Charlotte Smith goes from employment attorney to life design coach for lawyers
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Charlotte Smith is a former UK employment attorney who now runs her own business coaching lawyers in her Life Design for Lawyers program. You can also check out her podcast, Limitless Lawyer. Charlotte tells us about her journey away from practicing law. She followed the breadcrumb path of her interests and intuition to her new career. It wasn’t always smooth, but these paths often aren’t. Charlotte’s core message to lawyers is that anything is possible, and you should design your life around what you want - rather than letting life happen to you.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Charlotte was on the traditional path in employment law, finding success
  • When faced with the opportunity to be made partner, she stopped for the first time to ask “is this what I actually want?”
  • Charlotte was a food blogger on the side, which exposed her to a different, creative universe  
  • A move to California from the UK gave Charlotte an opportunity to reconsider her path
  • Pulling together her various interests, she landed as a partner at a creative agency 
  • Finding that position was serendipitous: but that only happens when you’ve laid some groundwork
  • The transition was not all smooth sailing; clarity does not always come in a straight line
  • Charlotte did deep dive on her purpose; worked with a career coach
  • It is important to identify and push through limiting beliefs
  • Life is too short to be unhappy or to play small
  • Charlotte highly valued autonomy - and realized she had to design a life with that in mind
  • She started her own coaching business - Life Design For Lawyers
  • Remember the mantra: Everything is possible



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