Several months after I opened my own law firm, I am sitting down to write this “confession” so that others hoping to follow my example and become their own boss will know of not only the perks but also the pitfalls associated with it. I’m happy to report that I now officially answer only to myself. I can honestly say that there’s no greater feeling than dropping everything on a Friday afternoon to take your kid to the park . . . without getting any looks from associates or assistants who might disapprove of this idea while they are sitting at their desks. Or going out to lunch every day of the week “networking” with some of the finest legal minds in Kansas City and then calling it “work.” You’ve got to love the American dream.