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Destiny and Max Duff

By Joryn Jenkins

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I rarely see Max Duff anymore. We used to see each other once a week, for breakfast with our referral networking group of Profit Pros. But I left the group three years ago and he left it shortly after, so we rarely see each other.

We don’t frequent the same places, so I don’t run into him, except online. I’ve probably had lunch or breakfast with him three or maybe four times since then. In fact, I reached out to him recently to see about lunch, and, instead, he told me he wants his girlfriend to come consult with me about her ex.

Austin scheduled the consultation for last Tuesday and Max came with her.

She was lovely. She had moved in with Max when she got pregnant recently, so they had been living 40 minutes away from where her ex lives and her two small boys attend school.

I was sorry to counsel them that they should relocate closer to where her ex lives for the sake of her boys, who spend 50% of their time with him.

The very next day, I was sitting by the window in The Wine Exchange enjoying a cappuccino with a young lawyer friend when I saw Max and his girlfriend walk by on the sidewalk outside. And, as if that wasn’t enough, he actually saw me inside the restaurant and waved at me! Serendipity!

I believe in fate, but I also believe that we create our destinies. I met Max by joining a group designed to help professionals build connections and create referrals. I’ve found that, not only do I refer people that I know, but people whose company that I enjoy. I reached out to catch up with an old friend and ended up with a consultation! Seeing them again the next day might have been destiny, but, considering that we had just met the day before (after not seeing each other for years), I would say there was a touch of humor involved in there somewhere.

I make a point to invite friends, former students, or even new people over LinkedIn connections to coffee every month. If you wait for destiny to laugh out loud, you might be waiting forever. Don’t be afraid to set your business into motion by connecting with old friends. You might even enjoy it!

For more on how to market your professional practice, reach out to me at or find me at Your Collaborative Marketing Coach, because your marketing is my marketing!

Joryn, attorney and Open Palm Founder, began her own firm here in Tampa after a 14-year career in law, 2 of which she served as a professor of law at Stetson University. She is a recipient of the prestigious A. Sherman Christensen Award, an honor bestowed upon those who have provided exceptional leadership to The American Inns of Court Movement. For more information on Joryn’s professional experience, take a look at her resume.

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