“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding
success because they don’t know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined
--- George Allen,
Coach, Washington Redskins
“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be
greater than your fear of failure.”
--- Bill Cosby,
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but
only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.”
This chapter will equip you to:
Identify the elements of success
Identify the barriers to success
Determine when to proceed pro se or retain counsel
Proceed with confidence in order to win your case
Success is the fruit of labor and accomplishment and the
object of most human endeavor. To succeed, a person must often compete and anyone who competes does so for
one reason – to win. So it is with the individual who is required to go to court, who prepares her case and
competes in court to win, but not until after spending numerous hours in preparation, gathering evidence and
witness testimony and preparing a case for trial.
This chapter will hop motivate you through those many hours
spent in preparation, when it is might otherwise be easy to lose heart or give up rather than press on and
see the effort through to accomplishment.
Sometimes you will face opponents, court personnel and even
judges who seem to be bent on making your life difficult - continually throwing obstacles in your
Of course, the environment is different in small claims
court, where almost every litigant is a self-represented litigant. But generally, as the jurisdiction moves
above the magistrate and small claims level, to the point where juries and court officials and civil
penalties and liabilities become involved, the opposition increases.
Certainly, there comes a point when good judgment demands
the hiring of a professional attorney. Situations that threaten wage or property garnishment or seizure of
your property, of course any criminal charges, and those civil matters that could cost more than about one
quarter of your annual salary, these situations require the attention of skilled counsel.
British businessman and political leader David Ivor Young
said; “You never learn from success. Success you take as the natural order of things.” The sting of defeat
does seem to bleed out of us certain hard-learned lessons, some of which might pass otherwise unnoticed in
times of success. That truth does nothing to take away the sting of failure.
There’s really only one worthwhile motive for walking into a
courtroom with evidence in hand and witnesses ready to testify; to win your case in court.