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Leave the “It can’t be done” crowd behind in the dust

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I have attained many successes despite the naysayers who seemed at first to have had sagacity. A relative told me that so many lawyers revile their jobs. A federal agency lawyer told me of all the litigators who suffer ulcers. A criminal law professor told me how the high percentage of defendants who obtain indigent defense counsel makes it tough to earn a living doing retained criminal defense work. The very lawyer who drafted our partnership agreement skeptically asked my former law partner Jay and me: “You’re really going to go through with this. Aren’t you?” A previous seemingly capable lawyer shook his head in irritation that I was going to trial rather than taking the dubious benefit of a marijuana 251 disposition, and I won the trial.

Those skeptics were mere skeptics. I succeeded tremendously at each of those turns. I turn instead to the inspiration of SunWolf, who reminds us that reality is no obstacle; my Trial Lawyers College roommate Bob Hilliard who saw my greatness to be my own boss before I did; and my grand poobah trial teacher Steve Rench, who dares criminal defense lawyers to be great.

When a client tells me his or her fears of obtaining great results in court — sometimes fueled by Internet research and hearing from fellow attendees at self-help and program meetings — I acknowledge the hurdles that exist, and challenge my clients to join me in moving, dismantling and disintegrating those hurdles as best we can, and even in forging a new path.

When we clear our minds of unnecessary doubt, that is when greatness can come. Consider the following:


The only choice is to go forth and pursue greatness. There is no Plan B.