Good Trial Lawyers Play it Safe. Great Trial Lawyers Take Risks!
When someone told Tianlang Guan, a 14-year-old from China, that he was too young and not good enough to play in the Masters, he didn’t listen. Instead, he went out in 2013 and shot a 1-over 73 in his debut to make history.
During the past 148 years, Tianlang is the youngest player to ever tee it up at the Masters, or any major for that matter. His first round score bested the first round scores of three legends- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
This young teenager wasn’t afraid to try and do something that’s never been done before. He just went for it. Tianlang has forever left his impression on the sport of golf.
Are You Taking Risks?
As a trial lawyer, are you taking risks? Are you pushing the limits to protect consumer rights and take on big corporations and their profits over people attitudes? Are you using your art to improve society by fighting to protect your clients rights to due process and equal protection?
Trial lawyers are in a unique position to improve society. We can ask a judge and jury to help change the law and make a difference. We can protect those people who don’t have the ability, specialized knowledge or resources to protect themselves.
Sure, it takes a bit of courage. Tianlang told reports that he was nervous hitting his first tee shot at the Masters. But after that first drive, his nerves settled and he started to enjoy the day of golf.
Don’t be afraid to take on a case that makes you a bit nervous. It’s OK to be uncomfortable. Be THAT trial lawyer who makes time to handle a case that others are afraid to take. A case that will improve our society and change things for the better.
Do something that has not been done in 148 years. Do something that well known trial lawyers you look up to never did. Use your unique skills to protect others and improve our society. Stand up and make a ruckus. Be an artist!