Ethan Wall, Founder, The Social Media Law Firm
Passion Before Paychecks
Ethan Wall, believes that our time in life is limited – and that everyone should spend time doing what they love. This belief spurred Wall to launch The Social Media Law Firm, founded on the premise of pursuing one’s passions in life. Under Wall’s leadership, the firm prides itself on developing a culture where team members can work when, where, and however they are comfortable – even from home – so long as clients are served and responsibilities are met.
Wall is quick to acknowledge that, prior to founding the firm, he made more money. Unfortunately, he soon realized that money was accompanied by stress, sacrifice, and leaving some dreams and passions behind along the way. Now, while his paycheck may be smaller, Wall and other members of the firm staff are able to enjoy a significant increase in happiness. Adopting an approach of spending more time pursuing passions and less time working for the sake of working, the firm’s team members are happier, realize increased satisfaction, and have found a renewed happiness in the law.
Work-Life Balance, Minus the “Work”
The Social Media Law Firm has adopted a different philosophy toward the work-life balance – one without a division between work and play. By tailoring the firm’s practice toward their passions, Wall and his colleagues have indeed transformed work into play. This added connection to their work allows the members of the firm to derive pleasure from the labor itself, not just the fruits. The result: the firm has effectively eliminated the need to search for balance.
Wall has crafted this approach through inspiration from none other than the Dalai Lama, who said:
“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
Beyond melding his own passions with his profession, Wall hopes to leave the world better than how he found it by inspiring others to do the same. In addition to The Social Media Law Firm, he has also founded a community service initiative called Let’s Plant a Seed, which helps to inspire people to pursue their own passions in life.
In 2016, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce named Wall the Entrepreneur of the Year for founding The Social Media Law Firm, just one of many rewards for his dedicated efforts to #livewell.