Our Vision is to:
Revolutionize legal services through business-like efficiency.
Our Mission is to:
Obtain legal results efficiently AND help clients find their Good Life.
Love – is taking detrimental action to oneself to benefit or honor another. For Good Life Legal, we talk about loving God and loving others. Loving God and others is what life is all about. Conversely, when we hurt others to selfishly benefit ourselves, that is hate.
Extreme Ownership – Ownership is when you treat something as if it is yours. Extreme ownership is treating everything you encounter as if it were yours. We do this by taking responsibility for results.
Fun with Perspective – Fun is eating cake. Perspective is restraining yourself from eating cake every day until you die from malnutrition. We LOVE to have FUN. We also love to understand how things can work together to maximize fun over the long term. Combining pleasure with wisdom is always a winning combination. Without pleasure, wisdom would be pointless. Without wisdom, pleasure would be deadly. We need both to live fulfilling and balanced lives.
Drive for Excellence – is typified by the old Mercedes-Benz tagline, “The best or nothing.” It is the idea that if something is worth doing, it is worth doing as well as we possibly can. If something is worth having, we should have the best version of it that we can obtain. We want to find the best, be the best, and share the best with everyone.
About our Vision:
Unlike some companies, our vision actually drives where we are going. We have made big sacrifices to narrow our scope of practice to Divorce only and to make the switch to flat fees in a space where many believe doing so is impossible. The point of all of this is to make legal services more client-friendly, affordable, and faster. If we can do this, it will force the industry to evolve (for the better) in order to compete with us.
About our Mission:
This is the business we engage in daily. Every day we come to work to get legal results and help our clients achieve their goals to have a better life. When we are successful at our mission, we feel a tremendous sense of joy.
About our Core Values:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
When we stay late or come early to give special attention to a client, that is love.
When we help a teammate out with something that isn't in our job description, that is love.
When we buy someone lunch, that is love.
When we give charitably, that is love.
When we pray, we honor God, that is love.
When we complement each other, that is love.
When someone mistreats us and we respond calmly and professionally, that is love.
If my yard is full of weeds, that is my responsibility and my fault because I failed to properly care for my yard. - Ownership
If my neighbor's yard is full of weeds, that is my responsibility and my fault because I failed to help my neighbor. - Extreme Ownership
In extreme ownership, we hold the belief that everything that happens, happens BECAUSE of us. NOTHING HAPPENS TO US. "Nothing happens to me, I make things happen."
On the one hand, the implications of this are a little scary. I'm responsible for crime in my city? That's a scary thought. But on the other hand, it is amazingly empowering. If I am responsible for it, I can fix it. Can I fix crime in my city? I could run for office, I could organize volunteers to help people find jobs, I could write grant requests for funding for community programs, and I could start a business that employs ex-cons and rehabilitates them. But for my inaction, there could be less crime in my city.
Think of it this way, if the lives of your children or your spouse depended on you having control over something, could you take control of it? Sure you could, I would. So, when something is important to us, we take extreme ownership of it.
With this attitude, we say that the world doesn't have to be the way that it is. We have the power to make the world into the place that it should be. And but for our inaction, the world would be that wonderful place. As long as we wait for others to make things happen, nothing will be done. Why wait for something that is outside of your control? Take control and cause that thing to happen, stop waiting.
Fun with Perspective
The old Disney movie, Marry Poppins, is the story of a person who embodies this characteristic. Shortly after we are introduced to her in the movie, Marry Poppins teaches the children in her care that, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” This lesson is taught in song. Marry is our hero, she finds a way to make life fun using her exceptional perspective on life.
Every day, I ask God to help me make today the best day of my life. If today is the best day of my life, it is going to be Fun. How can I make that happen? Perspective.
I will frequently have 2 kinds of days. On some days, life will be a struggle. I understand that people can only learn and grow when they are struggling. So, I know if I am struggling, I am growing. And the harder the struggle, the more the growth. Growth is good and can be celebrated. Growth is progress and progress is fun. The day I grow the most may be the best day of my life.
On some other days, life will be easy and sweet. On those days, I am thankful that I am receiving the benefits of all of those growth days. So, regardless of whether the day is easy or hard, I can enjoy it knowing that today is the best day of my life, and that is FUN because of PERSPECTIVE.
Drive for Excellence
The Bible tells us to do everything as if it was for the Lord. Would you offer something average to the King of Kings? I wouldn’t. Everything includes representing our clients, paying our employees and vendors, running our business, and living our lives. Do it all as if it were for The King!
Why do mountain climbers climb Everest? Why do investors spend hundreds of millions on art? Why do athletes sacrifice their bodies for their sport?
When we hire a vendor for the business, we ask them what their best offering is, and we usually purchase it. If we can’t afford it, we try to wait until we can.
We used to offer 25 practice areas to help clients with different needs. If we are honest, we were just acceptable at most of them, and probably bad at some. In order to be excellent, we reduced them to just one, Divorce.
At one point, I had just 1 employee, a paralegal, because I thought that is what everybody else did (average). I realized that it would be better to have the best or nothing, so we transitioned her to a new job at another firm. I waited until I could hire an attorney, the best employee I could afford.
I don’t want things that are cheap, things that will just get me by, things that are average. I hate average. It is horrible, boring, worse than nothing. I will always be dissatisfied with “just okay.” When something is bad, I know that it needs to be fixed; it is bad because it is not yet a priority.