Have you hit a wall or stalled out in your career as a professional or lawyer? It can be easy to get buried in work and lose inspiration and sight of the big picture.

Looking back, when I’ve been doing the same thing and not getting results at my criminal defense law firm Chudnovsky Law, words of wisdom from others have helped get me in the right mindset and ignite creative thinking.

These sage words can help put you in the right mindset. When Jobs, Robbins, Branson or Twain speak, it is wise to listen!



1. “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

Steve Jobs


2. “If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten.”

– Tony Robbins


3. “A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.”

– David Brinkley


4. “The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it.”

– Chinese proverb


5. “Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.”

– Jim Rohn


6. “You must keep your mind on the objective, not on the obstacle.”

– William Randolph Hearst


7. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

Mark Twain


8. “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

– Chinese proverb


9. “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”

– Jim Rohn


10. “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”

– Dr. Seuss


11. “Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”

– Nido Qubein


12. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

Maya Angelou


13. “The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who's going to stop me.”

– Ayn Rand


14. “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.”

– Wayne Gretzky


15. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”

– Helen Keller


16. “Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”

– Farrah Gray


17. “Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high.”

– Jim Rohn


18. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt


19. “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

– Leonardo Da Vinci


20. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

– Winston Churchill


21. “If you don’t value your time, neither will others. Stop giving away your time and talents. Value what you know and start charging for it.”\

– Kim Garst


22. “You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing and falling over.”

Richard Branson


23. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.”

– Reid Hoffman


24. “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.”

– Sun Tzu


25. “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

—Nathaniel Hawthorne

Author's Bio: 

Tsion Chudnovsky is the founder and Managing Attorney of Chudnovsky Law, a Los Angeles criminal defense and personal injury law firm. Through her firm, she defends clients' rights and helps those injured by others. Tsion (pronounced "Tsion") writes about inspiration, entrepreneurialism, life hacks and the practice of law.