Weekly Spotlight: Amanda Pope
Sneakers, Flats, FlipFlops, or Pumps?: FlipFlops…..or even better, bare feet!
WHAT DO YOU DO TO HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE?: I spend a lot of time planning out my day, my week, my month. On my drive to work in the morning, I mentally go through what I would like to accomplish that day. On weekends, I often write out my weekly schedule and will plan errands, meals, dinners with friends based on what’s ahead. I do well with clearly defined expectations and setting them for myself helps keep me accountable.
WHAT FUELS YOU TO TAKE ACTION? Knowing that I can create the life I want and then
implementing a plan to live it.
HOW DO YOU INSPIRE PROGRESS IN OTHERS? I have found that often times, people just want someone to listen to them, to be a sounding board for their ideas so they know they aren’t alone. When I mentor young law students, I draw on my own experiences so they can see they will get through it.
WHAT IS A RECENT ACCOMPLISHMENT YOU ARE PROUD OF? I recently quit a job at a law firm without another job lined up. I was miserable and the work environment had become unsustainable. I took a leap of faith in myself, even when some people in my profession were telling me to “just hold on,” and placed value on my wellbeing over taking the traditional path of waiting until I found another job. I am proud of the risk I took and it was worth it!
TELL US ABOUT A GAMECHANGING, INFLUENTIAL MOMENT IN YOUR LIFE?: In third grade, I did not make the competitive dance team at my dance studio the first time I auditioned. I spent a year taking extra dance lessons and practicing and made it the following year and every year thereafter. It taught me the power of persistence. Since then, anytime I have lost or faced a set back, from losing elections in high school, to not making my dance company my final year in college, to failing the California bar exam…twice, to not getting jobs I really wanted, I keep forging ahead knowing persistence does pay off and may even lead you down a better path than the one you pictured for yourself.