Why I Founded Catherine O’Connell Law
There is an interesting turn of phrase in New Zealand which is about describing someone as having a “Number 8 wire mentality.” It is said that all that is required for Kiwis (New Zealanders) to create or fix anything around them is “a piece of Number 8 wire.”
This expression comes from the size of the gauge of steel wire (“Number 8”) that was used as fencing wire on farms in New Zealand. The wire wasn’t made in New Zealand (it came from Britain) but Kiwis worked out that the Number 8 wire was suitable to be used in many different ways. Number 8 wire became a symbol of Kiwi adaptability, of making something work using what’s at hand, and of describing an all-round “can-do” approach to life.
Modern day Number 8 wire mentality is about grasping opportunities in front of us. And that was how it was for me in terms of devising a new approach to launch legal services in a new way into the market in Japan: providing myself as a bi-lingual (Japanese and English) lawyer, available for part-time or full-time, in-person, or virtual secondments to help cover the temporary gaps, overflow in workload, and support with ad-hoc projects.