I had dinner with an earnest young man named Nick the other night. He is considering a legal career and foolishly sought out my counsel after finding me through an alumni mentoring program that Hendrix College has not yet had the sense to kick me out of.
During the course of our meeting, he asked me what would be my advise as to what is the one thing all successful lawyers have in common. My response?
" They're not dicks. You can be aggressive and a hardass without being a dick about it. Don't be a dick and you can do well in the practice of law."
I got an e-mail from Nick this morning with a link to http://www.dickipedia.org/ which is styled as a "wiki for dicks." Many dicks are listed therein from Mike Huckabee to R. Kelly.
Check it out. And don't be a dick yourself.