As with much of life, change and chance come into play, often when least expected. Usually, however, we can anticipate life's comings and goings and therefore prepare for them. Sometimes we have to think and do on the fly.
For me, the dislocation from traditional notions of success in the form of working in the employ of the large firm practice and otherwise having to adapt to the trends in the market have admittedly led me along the path to solo practice and self employment. Recently, making the move to another state for the sake of economic and family stability - supporting my wife in her career and educational objectives to be more frank - thereby following the prosperity in hard economic times has molded the gamut surrounding said change and chance in my life. The necessary consequence has been ineluctable rediscovery, yet again, and coming to terms with my own principles and deliberations with respect to my career and business.
I advocate for a Zen Approach to the life and career of the solo attorney, and for practically anyone. By this I mean applying experiential learning and wisdom to attaining a solid core of enlightenment whether through Zen meditative techniques or through a series of mental exercises that not only create a consistent flow of positive thinking but also of positive energy and action. In part to attaining this end, it requires a certain level of rediscovery, introspection or "turning the eye inward." Self realization thus comes more from a dharmic practice and meditation than from intellectual reasoning.