I have a houseful of teenagers this summer. They are like roaches, everywhere, and you can't get rid of them. So, since they seem to congregate at our house ( I hesitate to speculate on the reasons), I am using the time for a teaching moment, and giving them the benefit of a long life and the wisdom of age. Okay, I am trying to limit their destruction. But, whichever, I have three rules; and, violation of any of them is grounds for eviction. They have served me well in life, as they counter the human faults and deficiencies to which we are all heir.
1. No excuses. When I hear an excuse, I hear the avoidance of responsibility. I too have been subject to this problem. Excuses merely delay the inevitability of problem solutions. Get to it.
2. Adapt and Overcome. The Marine Corps motto (I was Army, but I adopted it) is probably the one most needed rule for imperfect humans. We all have obstacles. We all meet walls. Change yourself if necessary, but find a way through, around, under or over the wall.
3. Never give up. Never surrender. This is from one of my favorite movies, Galaxy Quest. Persistence has created some of the world's most enduring inventions. We only fail if we quit. Don't quit. Ever.
Okay, kids, lecture over. Enjoy the house and environs in FutureLawyerVille. However, watch out for the indigenous wildlife; especially the yappy little dogs. Oh, and watch where you walk. You smear it all over the floor, you clean it up.