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About 5 of every 100 of you who read this will be intelligent enough to intentionally direct your amazing brain towards 60 minutes of excellence, just as these men did, one hour of excellence at a time. Someone sent this list in, crediting Paul Aurandt, in his gloriously consistent excellence, with producing this astonishing list. Youíre about to read the names of 12 of Americaís most prominent lawyers. One and only one was a law school dropout. You're invited to guess which of these twelve men didn't make it through law school..
Patrick Henry ("Give me liberty or give me death!")
William Wirt - Began practicing law in Virginia at age 20,
Salmon Chase - US Senator, Chief Justice of US Supreme court
Abe Lincoln - 1
6th President of the US,
Stephen Douglas - Admitted to bar in 1834, later became US Representative,
Clarence Darrow -
Attorney of world renown, argued many trials,
Robert Storey Quite the mover and shaker, he was twice elected President of the American Bar Association.
Strom Thurmond - Admitted to the bar in 1930, he later became governor of South Carolina,
Patrick HenryJohn Jay John Marshall
William Wirt Roger Taney Daniel Webster Salmon Chase
Abe Lincoln Stephen Douglas Clarence Darrow
Robert Storey Strom Thurmond
Twelve outstanding attorneys of singular and significant renown.
did not have a law degree?
Yep, the one name that historians most powerfully associate with the superior practice of law, attended law school for one unexceptional year, and ended up studying law on his own!
Oh, by the way, did I mention that the other eleven... those eleven MOST distinguished American lawyers... couldNOT have dropped out of law school...
Excellence doesnít occur accidentally; youíve got people wasting their degrees, and youíve got folks who develop excellence without a degree at all. Hmm.
While grateful to Paul Aurandt for publishing this incredible list, Iím more grateful that I am now, at this minute, living in the richest era in the richest country in the history of humankind, where I have the opportunity to approach the next 60 minutes, with nothing but excellence in mind; where you personally have a choice in the next 60 seconds about reaching out for a dream, be it bigger or smaller than the dream of 16-yr old Billy Blythe, who shook hands with JFK, smiling with benign teenage arrogance in his certainty that he too would be top dog. It took him 30 years from the time he changed his last name... for William Jefferson Clinton to reach his dream of becoming President of the United States in 1992, & again in 1996, presiding over the greatest expansion of any economic growth in any human society.
Whatever 93% of us are doing, it's a fraction of the untapped potential we need to tap NOW.
Businessman, bum, publisher, housewife: Would you personally like for the world to consider you to be wise? Conducting yourself with mediocrity or excellence in the next 60 seconds & the next 60 minutes, the next 60 days. ..the attitude you approach these next minutes with... will tell the whole world, & yourself, very clearly, whether youíre smart or stupid. Itís not what you know, itís what you do with what you know, & I just happen to be addressing YOU PERSONALLY.
At this minute, are you "in the mood" to do whatever youíre doing with excellence, or do you just let out a "Yeah, yeah," and perform today with no boost over yesterday while deluding yourself that youíre really 'all that'? Your mood is a choice. What reason do you personally have for treating the next hour of your life as if itís not important? This is not the SuperBowl; there are no time-outs. The game ends when you die, and a measure is taken of your life.
I realize you think this is great stuff, and applies to most people, but not you, right?
What are you doing with it?
No need to say; actions speak loudest, yes?
In the next hour, you and your actions will tell, and show, every one of us, just who and what you are, and where you're almost certain to be in a hundred days... ... and in a thousand days.
Each of these people did fantastic and excellent things with their lives... ... by choice... ... one minute at a time, ... and now it's your turn to get up to the plate. Oops, you're already there. The question is, are you standing there like a moron, or do we see you swinging at the ball with all your might and all your soul; all your mind and all your focus?
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