THOUGHTS TO CONSIDER IN YOUR LIFE

Here are a collection of thoughts and quotes which you may find inspirational and worth considering in your life and law practice.

  • Always say less than necessary.
  • Machiavelli has said: “It is better to be feared than loved.”
  • When asking for help, appeal to people’s self-interest; never their mercy or gratitude
  • Take action with boldness: everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid. If you are unsure of what course of action, do not take action at all.
  • The Italian word “Spezzatura” refers to accomplishments seem that effortless. Strive for actions that seem natural and executed with ease. Performers who put too much effort in performing break the illusion
  • A Self fulfilling prophecy has been called “the strategy of the crown” Seeing in our mind, our goals accomplished involves a chain of cause and effect. If we believe we are destined for great things our belief will radiate just as a crown creates an aura around the King. Throughout history people have managed to work the strategy of the crown by believing so firmly on their goals that it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  • Master the art of timing: Be a detective of the right moment. Learn to stand back when the time is not right. Think of the Hawk as it patiently and silently circles in the sky high above until the right moment arrives. “There is a tide in the affairs of men, which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their life is in the shallows and in the miseries.” William Shakespeare
  • Distain the things you cannot change: ignoring them is the best revenge. By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility. In the same way, the more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him or her. The less interest you reveal, the more superior you seem. By showing distain or ignoring people you cancel them out.
  • In victory learn when to stop. The moment of victory is often the moment of greatest peril when arrogance and overconfidence can push you past the goal and by going too far and lose.
  • A Person must be big enough to admit mistakes, smart enough to learn from them and strong enough to correct them.
  • Effective advocacy is a matter of A,B,C: Be accurate, brief and clear – William Barton
  • Establish your credibility by being prepared, efficient and truthful. These are the attributes jurors admire the most – Lisa Blue
  • Trials are battles of impression, not logic. They are a tug of war for the minds of jurors – Paul Luvera
  • It’s not what the defendants have taken from the injured plaintiff, but rather what they left him or her with – Moe Levine
  • If you aren’t afraid, you don’t care. And if you don’t care, how can you ask a jury to care? Gerry Spence & Paul Luvera
  • We are no bigger than what it takes to make us angry
  • We are responsible for our feelings
  • Let into your circle only what you believe or accept about yourself
  • God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference
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