I’ve realised that nothing is more important to work on than our inner world. The external things we splash out on only provide temporary satisfaction to influence our inner world.
I run a company called Ruby Datum, pioneering in Virtual Data Room technology used mostly by lawyers and corporate finance professionals to facilitate a merger, acquisition or anything transactional that requires secure document exchange and collaboration to get a deal done.
As I’ve worked quite extensively in law, I’ve started to realise just how rife it is with depression, suicide and lack of empathy. I read that 1 in 15 junior lawyers experience suicidal thoughts whilst 48% experienced mental ill-health (JLD Survey Report, 2019). 93.5% described work-related stress with almost a quarter describing it as severe/extreme.
I could not sit comfortably with these statistics, knowing very little is being done. I reached out to the SCL and my good friend Gary Waters – in addition to speaking at a few events, such as with Barclay’s Eagle Labs, the SCL “convergence” conference and with the Centre for Legal Innovation, we have been working with the SCL on a weekly wellbeing series.
I really wanted to share with you all what we have created so far. The blog posts are as follows: