Law And More: The Peculiar Phenomenon of Being Associated with Paul Weiss on the Internet
There is that old adage: The perception of power is power. So maybe I have power.
I am perceived as having some kind of power related to prestigious law firm Paul Weiss (with its PEP of $6.162 million in 2021).
That’s because since March 2020 I post plenty online about the firm’s developments and what its chairperson Brad Karp is up to. Most recently I covered Karp’s innovative idea, published in Fortune, about reducing gun violence.
Obviously, that online content is getting noticed. The assumption seems to be that I possess some kind of power in relation to how Paul Weiss operates and the decision-making. There are contacts from the ambitious requesting my assistance in their connecting with the right person at the firm for X or Y reasons. Or, even this: That I do a direct intervention for them in making that connection.
This week a sophomore at an elite Manhattan university actually used the phone and called me. The phone. Not any first introduction through LinkedIn or email. Strange.
With a tone of great confidence he informed me that he will be going to law school and that he wanted at the present time an interview at Paul Weiss. No, I couldn’t connect the dots on that since he wasn’t in law school and wasn’t shooting for a summer or a full-time job. So, I didn’t even try. An interview? Yeah, Karp really needs to meet this fellow.
Within about 2.5 minutes I said “I have to go.” But, he persisted. Again I said, “I have to go” and hung up. (Reflection: Is screen-oriented Gen Z doomed to not know how to network with other generations?)
So here I am, with unexpected power. It did occur to me that I am ideally positioned to concoct a scam. For exploratory work on getting them what they want I would bill so many dollars. The fee is ____. No guarantees. No refunds.
But having once been quite ambitious myself and regrettig most of that (my talent would have landed most of the goodies without all that relentless striving) I feel compassion for those reaching out to me. They could be in for so much unnecessary suffering from chasing after Great Expectations.
In my latest startup – a Tarot reading service specialing in careers – I am just allowing my mystical gifts to attract the business. There is none of the wild push and drama traditionally associated with what we consider ambition. Things are moving along okay.
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