They say knowledge is power (and you can never have too much power).
But why is it that with all the information out there, we don’t always get to where we want to go? Why do 80 percent of New Year resolutions fail by February? (Remember those? LOL)
“If more information was the answer, then we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs.”
Knowledge applied correctly is power. Knowledge is potential energy. It’s what we DO with the knowledge and the desire, not the fact that we have them, not the fact that we simply declare our desire.
But even then, the top hurdle that I’ve encountered with people taking the bar isn’t skills or knowledge.
It’s, uh, mindset. I lowkey hesitate to use this term because it’s sometimes associated with impractical woo-woo and things like visualization.
But the point remains: The hurdle is often internal.
If you have the raw material but can’t bring yourself to make a sand castle, if you can’t turn that potential energy in your mind into kinetic energy, what’s the point?
It’s getting harder to pass the bar exam…and that’s exactly why you should go for it.
It’s not going to get easier. But when the bar is set high, it’s actually an opportunity to stand out more.
If you take the time to observe people who have passed the bar exam, you can kind of tell why. There’s something about their behavior:
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Before every exam, a handful of people come out of the woodwork and shamelessly ask about subject predictions for the bar exam.
“Does anyone know the essay predictions?”
“What do you think will be tested?”
“I don’t think ____ will appear on the exam.”
“Anyone think ____ will be tested?”
“I know we’re not supposed to listen to predictions, but…”
“What are ____’s predictions?”
“Here are my MEE predictions!”
Whose predictions are you going to listen to?
If you’re like many bar takers, or if you’re a repeater, you say: “Haha of course I’m not going to rely on the predictions. I shall adequately study all the subjects. You should too!”
And then you panic and look at the predictions anyway.
Did you want me to tell you, “Aww poor baby, don’t worry. It’s normal and happens to the best of us 🥺”?
You SHOULD worry if you’re secretly tempted about relying on predictions… because this kind of thinking is entirely predictable and avoidable. Sweating about predictions is not a good place to be and requires intervention.
Also, remember when subjects actually leaked for the California exam in 2019 and people got mad over it? Do you want to know the subjects ahead of time or not? Make up your minds!
Maybe you’re too young to remember ancient history. I’ve been dealing with you people for too long.
Here’s why you should look toward essay or MEE subject predictions only for entertainment value and morbid curiosity (and 3 things you can focus on instead):
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You’ve seen all the euphoria from people who passed the bar exam.
You’re probably “inspired” and “motivated” when you look at success stories and accounts of people who excitedly announce they passed the bar exam.
When that happens, we say things like “if they can do it, so can I” (true). Or “I needed this today.”
That’s some “new year, new me” type energy. I’m not letting you off the hook like that.
Anyone can desire to pass the bar. Anyone can fixate on the goal and SAY they want it.
These are people who come to me desperate and lost… get “inspired” or gain “perspective”… and then return to the same old cycle looking for hits of relief.
Continue reading “How to Maintain Motivation and Momentum While Studying for the Bar Exam”
I went to a succulents gardening workshop the other day 🌱
(This is relevant to you, promise.)
I figured succulents wouldn’t wither under my care like the flowers I tried arranging before. There’s a limit to how much talent one person can have, I guess.
There’s no limit to how much I think about bar prep because that’s what I started thinking about when I was listening to the instructor 🤦🏻♂️
4 relevant lessons and also photos of my bald-looking succulent bowl:
(First lesson: “You have to kill a lot of plants to be an expert.” 🤯)
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Hannah passed the 2023 February CA Bar Exam, one of the HARDEST exams with a 32.5% pass rate (even lower than the 2022 Feb exam).
She did it efficiently and effectively:
- on her first try
- with 7-8 weeks of studying
- while attending to two toddlers and a biglaw job!
I’m excited to share Hannah’s story and 4 BIG nuggets of wisdom I distilled from her story.
(Babe, wake up! Another banger of a passer story just dropped.)
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