Jim Karger Profile–Lawyer Chucks It All After 25 Years of Practice
This lengthy profile of Jim Karger, a former Texas lawyer, is a textbook example of Patrick Schiltz’s predictions. A law graduate realizes on day 1 of his first legal job that he had “made a serious vocational error,” but sticks with the profession for 25 years, progressively suffering all of the ills associated with a legal practice: divorce, stress, physical maladies, materialism/golden handcuffs and alcohol use as medication. So he decided to chuck it all. He quit his job, sold his material possessions and moved to a sleepy town in Mexico. Now, he does a little consulting and runs a service to place stray dogs and cats from his village. There are a variety of cautionary lessons woven through this story if you listen carefully.