Relaxing whilst doing Competition Law is not an Oxymoron

I love my job

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A statistical exercize: ask a young competition lawyer how he is doing. In 9 out of 10 cases, with a sound of desperation, he will tell you he is  horrendously busy, that his job is exhausting, and that life is tough and stressful.

By contrast, you will almost never hear someone say that he’s happy, that he loves his job, and that he is doing what he had always dreamt of.

I find this very sad.

As a kid, I remember hearing my dad saying how fantastic his job was. This was really instrumental in pushing me to study hard and, more recently, in deciding me to choose academia over private practice.

Over the past years, my students have often told me that they were discouraged from working as a competition lawyer because of the perception most young professionals did not look happy, but tired and busy.

So friends, readers, let’s just try to sound a little more happy (and if you are not, you should certainly do something else).

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Written by Nicolas Petit

13 May 2010 at 1:27 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Thanks for your thought and your inspiring words. We should read your last sentence everyday just after the shower…


    14 May 2010 at 12:08 pm

  2. People in general tend to know little about the meaning of life (academics even less – my personal experience). So don’t pretend. To advocate happiness over other issues like duty, responsibility or less arrogant simply to earn money for a dissent living, is an idea and not the truth. The saying goes: Ad Astra Per Aspera – and not through “happiness” one reach the stars…


    14 May 2010 at 12:52 pm

    • I don’t understand John’s post. Perhaps it is just the grammar. This is an interesting debate. And who is pretending here?


      20 May 2010 at 12:28 pm

    • I think your argument is essentially flawed, John.
      “Ad Astra Per Aspera” does not require you to be unhappy at your job. It only says that you have to make efforts to reach the stars.
      You can make efforts, work hard, and still love your job !
      I am sure that, if you don’t like your current job, you too could quit, find a perfect job, rewarding, and which will make you happy at the same time. You just have to keep looking for it.
      You have got only one life.


      29 May 2010 at 12:20 pm

      • Sigh of relief! Thanks William.


        1 June 2010 at 11:02 am

  3. […] time off to put to put an end to my stay in the US, and during those days I gave some thought to Nicolas’ recent post about competition lawyers disliking their job. Since I’m told that he had me in mind when […]

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