Every person defines success differently. For some, it is the accumulation of fame and fortune. For others, it comes from the satisfaction derived from performing meaningful work and devotion to family, friends and fellow men and women. Some may find it by forming a deep spiritual bond with the Almighty. Each of us follows a different path to achieve whatever may comprise success in our lives. No matter how one personally defines success, there are certain fundamental ingredients that everyone can use while pursuing a life that is happy, productive, and fulfilling. There are basic means, methods, and principles which can be applied to fill one ’s life with satisfaction, joy, and love. The author describes the fundamentals which anyone can apply to achieve personal success in his or her own unique way. Consider these building blocks to build a foundation to achieve the success that was intended for you.
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Joseph A. Garofalo is a dedicated husband, brother, partner, mentor, friend, trial lawyer, writer, and vintner.He is a graduate of North Park College (magna cum laude, 1974) and DePaul University School of Law (1977). He was admitted to practice law in Illinois before the US District Court, Northern District of Illinois, in 1977 (subsequently including the Federal Trial Bar). He was admitted to practice before the US Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, in 1989. After working as an associate in a firm for seven years, in 1984 he cofounded his own law firm, now called Garofalo, Schreiber & Storm, Chartered.Throughout his career, he concentrated his practice in the area of workers’ compensation and employers’ liability, defending employers and insurance companies. He has extensive litigation experience before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the circuit court, the appellate court, and the Illinois Supreme Court. He has lectured on the topic of workers’ compensation defense before the Chicago Bar Association and a variety of business groups and has presented seminars for insurance professionals and self-insured professionals. He also served as an arbitrator in the Circuit Court of Cook County mandatory arbitration program (1990–present).He is “AV Preeminent” as rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and his firm’s biography is presented in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys. He has been selected as one of Illinois’s Leading Lawyers, where he is an advisory board member (2006–14) and one of Illinois’s Super Lawyers (2008–14). He was inducted into the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in 2011. Old Republic Construction Program Group named him as the 2014 Midwest Region’s Workers’ Compensation Attorney of the Year. In 2014 Leading Lawyers selected him as one of the top three business workers’ compensation lawyers in Illinois. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, and the Justinian Society of Lawyers. He is also a member of the Dry Creek Valley Association and the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley.Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, he lives with his wife, Toni, residing primarily in Park Ridge, Illinois, and part-time at Garofalo Family Vineyards in Healdsburg, California.