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I know it’s called the practice of law, but will I ever feel like I have beaten back the learning curve that it takes to be a successful lawyer?

Q: I know it’s called the practice of law, but will I ever feel like I have beaten back the learning curve that it takes to be a successful lawyer?

A: In the end, many if not most of us chose the law because we like to be challenged, to grow, to learn. You can master the art of lawyering, as many do, and then find yourself wishing for a legal issue of first impression or a set of facts you’ve not yet addressed. The good news is that you can achieve a level of mastery in the law, yet welcome learning for a lifetime.

A master of another profession was once asked about working for his success. He said: “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” Even though his level of fame and fortune will elude most of us, champion Muhammad Ali understood the value of–pardon me, please–sweating for his craft. So too, I suggest in the long run, should we.