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Something to Do On a Wednesday When You Can’t Get Over the 2PM Food Coma

Oct 7, 2014 | about the firm, Corporate

origin storiesAll difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small.” – Lao Tzu

I normally write a blog to illustrate a legal point – some new piece of tax law, some decision or litigation release from the Securities and Exchange Commission, or some decision from a court.

I use this nugget to illustrate some point that may be useful to you. Today I want to share with you something of more general interest.

On my way to work the other day, I was listening to a podcast from This American Life.

This American Life was discussing the importance of origin stories. It’s a fascinating listen.

In my experience, origin stories play an important part in many successful business enterprises. Even Facebook with an enterprise value approaching $200 billion started out with a relatively small and simple idea. The origin story serves as an important part of what draws the company together; what makes the founders and early employees believe they have an answer for a vital marketplace need.

I’ve seen this time and again with our successful clients. I know this first hand as our firm has its own origin story, which I’ve written about before for the website.

Let’s hear yours!


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I formerly worked as a satellite employee from my home state of New Jersey. I ended my employment with my former employer in 2016. In 2018, I was sued by my former employer for $1.1 million in Illinois State Court. I was referred to Brinen & Associates, LLC by a friend who is a client of the firm. Brinen & Associates, LLC came highly recommended. I contacted Joshua Brinen and then had a consultation at his office with his colleague Mark White. Together, Messrs. Brinen and White explained my options...

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