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"It’s kind of interesting that the qualities attorneys have, through temperament or maybe through training, inhibit entrepreneurship and financial success. Attorneys live in a world that requires prudence, contracts, having estate plans in place. They want guarantees. They operate in a world where there’s liability, malpractice suits and judgments. Entrepreneurship is all about risk — managed risk, reasonable risk. But risk."
— Mark Merenda, SmartTalk, episode 2
"If I only bill on an hourly basis, there’s an upper limit to how many people I can see much and how much I’m going to make. Because it’s all governed by the amount of time that I have. There are two factors that I can control: how much am I going to charge per hour, and how many hours am I going to work? And even both of these have an upper limit."
— Victor Medina, SmartTalk, episode 3
"If you're waiting for it to feel good to write a check to an attorney for an estate plan, you should go home now and accept the fact that you're never going to do an estate plan — because it's never going to feel good. You are writing a check for something that you personally are not going to experience the benefit of, and it's one of those things that is important, but not urgent. It's never going to feel good to write that check, so you might as well decide to do it or not."
— Mark Merenda, SmartTalk, episode 4
"I think there are a lot of preconceived notions about attorneys. We like to think we're normal people, but most people have a reaction that's colored by their experience and some stereotypes. We have to overcome that."
— Victor Medina, SmartTalk episode 5
"There's a famous story about Henry Ford. He's being interviewed by a journalist and is asked how he could have possibly attained his success and continued to succeed without an engineering degree and knowing nothing about cars. Supposedly, he hits a buzzer on his desk and says, send in the engineers, and 16 guys come into his office. He says to the reporter, 'Ask them anything you want. They work for me.'"
— Mark Merenda, SmartTalk, episode 6
"Lawyers are looking for ways to build their practices. One of the things I’m asserting is that lawyers take responsibility first and foremost for having a really great life. The premise is that if they are miserable and suffering, not taking care of their health, not taking care of the things that make them happy, and not having a joy-filled life, then they’re not going to attract any business. And if they do, it’s going to be negative people."
— Attorney coach Steve Riley, SmartTalk episode 7
"I'm the same person on my blog that I am in real life. I write about things that are important to me, and things that I think should be important to consumers. I try to come across in a friendly tone of voice. It is certainly not lawyerly, mostly because I don’t know how to write like that. I didn't go to a fancy school like you did."
— Dallas attorney Bob Kraft, SmartTalk episode 8
"It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important.
It's not only the life of babies, but it's the life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet."
— George W. Bush
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