11/28/2017 | 48 Minutes
This week’s guest: Michael Langford – a seasoned Criminal Defense Lawyer in Salt Lake City who’s passionate about skiing, ultra marathons, rock climbing...basically anything that presents a physical and mental challenge. Believe me, he’s tested mentally everyday at the office, and balances that out through physical toughness tests nearly every weekend.
Most motivated by physical or mental challenges: climbing mountains, long-distance running, jury trials, backcountry skiing on Mount Rainier
He relies on his friends to motivate him and push him through these challenges. In a literal sense - they are a part of his crew and they’re working at this health stations as he competes. Sharing those tough emotional moments with his friends though has been incredibly rewarding.
Continually striving to be mentally tough – it’s a trait that all strong marathon runners, mountaineers, and trial lawyers have in common, one that he admires fervently.
PERSONAL TICK OFFS
Arrogant and Inhumane People – Upon meeting someone for the first time and they immediately go off about how great they are.
People who are rude to those working in the service industry or support staff – there’s arrogance when someone yells at another person over something for which they have no control. And that particularly shows up in the services industry.
People who are not direct with their communication – just cut to the chase, people! In criminal trial, identify the problem, and more importantly identify how you’re going to solve it. Michael shares a best practice in his closing arguments.
PROFESSIONAL TICK OFFS
The “trash talk” or gossip trails that pass between lawyers – Michael mentions a few lawyers by name who are authentic and have a reputation for being there for the client, no one else.
He’s his best motivator and his worst critic – realize you make mistakes, but more importantly think on how you can move forward from those mistakes.
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Episode transcript coming soon.