Want to know what it takes to have a successful and fulfilling law career? I say it starts with these three things:

  1. Knowing what you want.
  2. Believing you can achieve it.
  3. Taking action and persisting until you achieve it.

I love this George Bernard Shaw quote and I thought of it recently when a lawyer sent me the poem that follows:

More poetry for Friday. Here is the poem a reader sent me.

Thinking, by Walter Wintle

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow’s will.
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man.
But soon or late the man who wins,
Is the man who thinks he can.

~ C. W. Longenecker ~

I will leave you with a quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln:

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.