Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Following 'The Path' to Happiness Lawyer Strikes out on His Own with Help of Best-Selling Book, Friends

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Following 'The Path' to Happiness Lawyer Strikes out on His Own with Help of Best-Selling Book, Friends

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Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport , Times-Union staff writer

Thirteen months ago, Paul Consbruck was a staff attorney at the Duval County courthouse. He and his co-workers were responsible for helping all 48 judges in the Fourth Judicial Circuit manage their caseloads.

Consbruck felt professionally unfulfilled and, like many people, he dreamed of a job where he could be his own boss.

"No matter how much you want to change, there is a certain amount of inertia," Consbruck said. "But there's a saying: 'You can't steer a parked car.' "

Consbruck put his car in motion after a group of friends recommended he read a best-selling book, The Path: Creating Your Mission Statement for Work and for Life by Laurie Beth Jones (Hyperion, $12.95). Consbruck and his friends started meeting once a week and using their paperback copies of The Path like workbooks, completing exercises and making notes in the margins.

As the group cheered him, Consbruck asked himself hard questions: What exactly do I want to change about my life? What is the worst thing that can happen if I quit my job?

Today, he and three partners own Merit Consulting Inc., a firm that recruits attorneys and executives. Consbruck's daily work involves helping lawyers find different jobs, lawyers like him who want more satisfying careers. Consbruck's new job fits the mission statement he developed after reading the The Path: to discover, share and inspire journeys of truth for human development.

"It's great," Consbruck said. "I work less, make more money and have time to do things I want to do, like teach sailing and participate in church activities."

What exactly is in this book that inspired Consbruck?

First, author Jones suggests people examine 11 false assumptions about life missions, things such as the assumption that your job is your mission in life, your to-do list is your mission or you are not important enough to have a mission. …

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