The Lawyer’s Well-Being Brief

Can we be 5% more responsible for our well-being and embody Bruce Lee at the same time?

Marc W. Crayton


“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”- Henry David Thoreau

In Steven Chandler’s book, Crazy Good: A Book of Choices, he tells us “There is bad and there is good . . . And then there is crazy good.” And, our path to living a crazy-good life is simple. It’s all about CHOICES.

The book walks us through 15 of the most powerful choices we can make, a couple of which are: Crazy Good vs. Hard Knock, Choosing vs. Trying to Decide, and Verb vs. Noun. All of the choices on his list are important, but he notes that he focused on improving incrementally. He did this by being 5% more responsible for his life. The coach he was working with asked him some rapid-fire questions about being 5% more responsible and what he might accomplish if he were more responsible.

What could we accomplish if we were 5% more responsible for our well-being? Could we move well more often and consistently get 5% closer to 10,000 steps on a daily basis? Could we sleep better if we were able to shut down our electronics 5% earlier? Could we help our nutrition and hydration if we were 5% more conscious of what we consume? Could we improve our mindset if we responded instead of reacting 5% more of the time? Could we improve our relationships 5% more if we were aware of our emotions and our connections?

The concept of being 5% more responsible for our well-being is helpful. For us to use the concept successfully, it requires more. It requires action and it requires consistent execution.

If we couple being 5% more responsible for our well-being with some wisdom from Bruce Lee, then we have something we can work with. In his book, Striking Thoughts — Wisdom for Daily Living, Bruce Lee notesIf you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done,” and “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do,” then we have

We know we need to be conscious of our well-being choices. We know we need to be responsible for our well-being choices. We know our choices matter to our well-being. We also know that knowing is not enough. We know that willingness is not enough. We must apply and we must do.

As we get closer to the holidays, please consider making a donation to your local food pantry or donating a toy to a toy drive near you. Thanks!

Forward, always!



Marc W. Crayton

I help newer, younger lawyers make better well-being decisions so that they can thrive personally and professionally. Forward, always!