Partners' Perspective: Bringing Wellness Into Work Life

April 28, 2017

In May's Washington Lawyer, the D.C. Bar spoke to members about the ways in which they incorporate wellness into their work life. Below, Eric Zimmerman discusses the importance of having passions outside of your work, and the ways in which he maintains a work-life balance. 

Eric Zimmerman
Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Washington, D.C.

I have a busy practice. I work hard, and I am passionate about and committed to my job. But I believe that your career shouldn’t be the only thing that energizes you in life. It’s important to have some extracurricular pursuit that you are passionate about and devoted to — music, art, golf, or whatever — so that the bulk of your life is not your pursuit of work.

Running is my passion, and it’s something I have done most every day for most of my adult life. I worked with the coaches at Run Farther and Faster for advice on how to get faster. I also do triathlons, so a lot of swimming and biking as well. Right now, I’m training for the JFK 50 Mile race in the fall. I’m a competitive person by nature, and I love the competitive aspect of these kinds of endeavors. It’s a quest for constant improvement.