Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose the former and have seen no reason to change.Frank Lloyd Wright
About Jason – Written by Jason West.
If you’ve looked at the other biographies on our website, you’ve noticed that I am the only person who is writing my own. It’s not because I didn’t ask for and receive multiple submissions from others at WA. It’s not because the ones I received weren’t flattering. It’s because they weren’t entirely true.
I do not have “unwavering self-confidence.” My vocabulary does include the words “I can’t.” And, I highly doubt I’m “one of the best attorneys you’ve ever seen.” I have simply surrounded myself in a work environment with some amazing people. They say I am self-confident, but a lot of my confidence comes from them, not me. And, I do say “I can’t”, but I don’t say “we can’t.” In fact, many of the accolades I’ve received during my career are largely because of them – not me. I just happen to get the credit because I am the architect. That, or because my name is first on the masthead. They are the ones in the trenches. They are the ones doing the heavy lifting. They are just too kind-hearted, and too smart, to put in writing the words they use to describe me around the office such as “odd, obsessive, and over-the-top.”
Even though that may make me sound selfless, I have a tendency to be somewhat dominant with a hint of arrogance. And, that’s probably the real reason I’m the only one writing my own bio. I want things to go my way. And when they do, I am going to let you hear about it. My king sized ego drives me to go to great lengths to make sure things do go my way. When it comes to my clients, my drive is even greater because I often can’t help but get invested on a personal level putting their best interests before my own – especially when someone has taken advantage of them. I don’t do this on every case because I have a level of intensity that sometimes scares me. And although the characterization as “one of the best attorneys you’ve ever seen” was probably inflated, when this intensity kicks in I can be a real handful to deal with because I am 100% fearless and extremely motivated.
My life experiences have made me this way. If I fall flat on my face, which has happened, I get back up and keep going – trying to learn from my mistakes. I am more afraid of missing opportunities than I am of failure and am a gambler at heart. My joy comes from creating dramatic new approaches in helping my clients solve problems and in the overall practice of law and law firm management. If I am not taking risks and pushing boundaries, I am not being myself. Without the amazing people at WA, I would not be able to satisfy my insatiable desire to create change. The word “grateful” doesn’t cut it when trying to describe the way I feel about the people at WA. I will put my heart on a skillet for them.
Well, I’ve got the talking part done.