A brief summary of how I conceive of my role as an attorney:
Having your rights violated is a painful experience. We are taught by society not to speak up, not to stand out, but rather to go with the flow in hopes of fitting in. This goes against everything I believe. The vast majority of people spend a tremendous amount of time being afraid, ashamed, or hiding their true self when what they need to do is face challenges and move through them. In the process, the attorney should give the client an aggressive offense and a steady, conversational stream of communication. This requires the attorney to be grounded and comfortable with himself.
Achieving comfort, or a knowledge of one's self, is needed to be an effective advocate. Some people throw aside their shame and fears; some people never do. For some people this happens early in life; for others it doesn't happen until later--perhaps so late that they waste life trying to fit in, trying to hide their imperfections, trying to not to anger anyone. Enforcing one's rights via contracts or litigation is similar, and thus many people allow themselves to be violated.
Helping other people enforce their rights fits with my approach to life, which was influenced heavily by reading the Stoics, the Scottish Enlightenment, the Transcendentalists, and Sun Tzu. I like challenges and I do not back down from anything. I climb mountains for fun and I lack the fear response that many people have to difficult situations. Among others, I have summited Denali, Aconcagua, Whitney, and Rainier. Whether it is a mountain or a legal obstruction, I see it only as something to overcome and my clients appreciate this.