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The Happy Lawyer Project is an inspirational podcast for young lawyers looking to find happiness in life with a law degree. Each episode provides the tips, advice, encouragement and inspiration you need to craft a life and career you love. Welcome to the Happy Lawyer Project!

Jul 4, 2017

With the stresses of student loans, car loans, and everyday life expenses do you fear that financial independence is more of an abstract idea than a reality? Today on America’s very own Independence Day, I’m here with Anita Dhake to tell you financial independence is a possibility for everyone! Anita was a BigLaw associate for only five years before retiring at the age of 33. Listen and learn how Anita made financial independence a reality for herself in such a short amount of time. I hope this podcast gives you the inspiration and motivation needed to achieve your own financial independence in the timeframe that makes the most sense for you. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for her future book “Operation Enough, A Guide to Early Retirement for Those so Inclined”.


What you’ll learn:

  • How Anita leveraged her time in Big Law to retire after only 5 years
  • The sacrifices Anita made in order to retire early
  • Her outlook throughout the process of saving money while working
  • Her thoughts on running out of money and working in the future
  • The transition from working to retirement
  • The challenges that come with early retirement
  • Her travel philosophy and future wish list
  • Her outlook on her lifestyle choices versus the mainstream American lifestyle


Best Advice for Finding Happiness:


“It’s all about life and choosing what’s most important to you not just saving just to save.”


“Lawyers that are happy have intentionality about it, they find jobs that suit them.”


“You’re not going to like every single part of every single job that you have but if you can focus on the things you do like while you have it, you can be happy.”




  • Vicki Robin- Your Money or Your Life


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