“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” U.S. President Calvin Coolidge.
As I reflect on my past in my roles as an attorney and just as a person and now as a father and a husband as well as a son and a brother and a friend of others it makes me think of this favorite quote of mine. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Talent and skill and knowledge, good looks or the ability to speak well or write well may be important but none of them are really what is most important. One of the most important factors in our happiness and “success” in life, whether it’s in law, in life as a person, or in our ability and capacity to love others is our ability to remain persistent and determined to continue to have an open mind, remain flexible, and work hard and think long term about what our goals really are in life and what we are really trying to do.
Persistence & Determination in Law
So as an attorney in law ultimately I am always looking ahead towards how can I help people who become clients to achieve the goals that we set together in terms of trying to work towards a fair and equitable resolution of their case. For purposes of preparing a case to present before a jury at trial, ultimately looking and analyzing what are the key facts that establish what the defendant did wrong in a case and crafting the argument to summarize and clarify and present those facts in the most reasonable and clear-cut and honest and truthful way. I’ve always said that if you don’t have the truth going for you in a trial you might as well pack up your bag and head home and voluntarily dismiss your case and explain to your client why you cannot go into trial for them and I do that up front and decline to take cases or clients where I don’t have the truth going for me from the beginning. So in the law and as an attorney, persistence and determination play a critical role in helping to establish the true facts of the situation and cut through all the complexity and barriers that defendants and their interests that represent them often try to place before us, the roadblocks that are put there to avoid getting to the truth.
Persistence & Determination in Life
As an ordinary person, persistence and determination has played a major factor in my life in my ability to continue to move forward with my education and personal goals. Both as a young man getting through high school, college and law school and working hard to try to achieve grades and passing exams and getting through the formalities to become an attorney, start a business, and just to try to live a healthy, happy, and responsible life. To this day and as I look forward I feel persistence and determination alone are sort of the driving factors that will allow me to continue forward and try to do the right thing and be true and honest to my friends, my clients, and my family.
Persistence & Determination in Love
Although it may sound flaky, persistence and determination in the area of love, and ultimately what I’m trying to do with my life, with not only my family, my friends, my clients, myself and with my fellow citizens and people everywhere is to love people deeply, truly and honestly and try to help them, encourage them and support them in a way that clarifies and cuts through all the surface attitudes and behaviors and get to the heart of what love is all about.
Often times in personal relationships there can be highs and lows and ups and downs, miscommunications, misunderstandings, emotions that can play a role in damaging a relationship and I’m a big believer in maintaining open and honest communication not just with clients, not just with friends, not just with family, but with all people to try to maintain the integrity and the love of the relationship and the fairness and the friendship. I have learned that it is also important to maintain a healthy and deep felt love and respect for yourself and keep your own commitments and do what you feel is truly important for you, which is why I’m even sharing this with you.
Whether it’s in the areas of the law practice, or in life as a person, or in family and friendship relations, love plays the main role behind the scenes of ultimately what I’m trying to do with my life. To try and help people and be a fair, honest, and truthful person. Hopefully, someday at the end of my life I would hope that my family, friends and clients and anyone that I may have met or touched would be able to say that I loved them in my own way in our relationship and hopefully helped them in some way and in that sense lead a good life and made the world a better place for others. Press On in Law, in Life, and in Love!