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Attorney Zane Cagle

Posted on July 31st, 2015,
by Zane Cagle

Dogged Determination–What’s Not to Love?

Posted on July 31st, 2015 by Zane Cagle

Tink’s Determination Strikes a Chord

Sometimes it is the simple things in life that strike a chord.  Watching our dog, Tink persevere in a simple thing like rescuing his ball from the bottom of a pool reminds me a characteristic we all strive to attain–Determination.

Yes, it’s a simple video of a dog frantically retrieving his treasure. It’s a simple concept but illustrates why we love determination, especially when it results in success.


In almost all cultures “determination” is a revered quality. In every great success story, one of the core principles is “determination” or the trait of not giving up.  As a personal injury attorney, I have great respect for determination which I am able to see every day in the lives of many of my clients.

Determination in my clients is having faith in the process and winning their personal battles both physically and mentally.  When someone is injured through no fault of their own such as in a motor vehicle accident, it is easy to give up.  When the responsible party denies liability, often times the injured person has no choice but to hire an attorney to get the compensation they need to pay the required medical bills.

Is Determination just Stubbornness?

Determination is “simply not giving up no matter how hard things get”. Stubbornness on the other hand is being hard, tough or stiff and considered one of the seven basic character flaws or dark personality traits. Often, determined people are called stubborn, however, the two traits are very different.  Determination is keeping a goal in mind and stubbornness is just being unwavering.  Stubbornness is often just being unmoving regardless of the goal and being determined is keeping a goal in sight.

How Do We Tell The Difference?

Ultimately, the question we have to ask ourselves as attorneys is, “What is in the best interest of my client’?  I could dig in my heels and be stubborn all day, but if that isn’t what is best for the client, then that is a character flaw of mine.  Determination is hanging in there pleading after pleading, hearing after hearing, hours upon depositions and hours of trial preparation because you know your client is right.   In representing people who are hurt from car crashes to lung injuries or families who have lost loved ones, how can we be anything but “determined” if we are to represent them well?

Determination on Behalf of Our Clients

Sometimes cases can last for several years and at many points along the way, someone thinks about throwing in the towel.  However, the very nature of the legal process weeds out the serious from the “frivolous” that you hear about so much in the news.  I’m always amazed at how many “frivolous” lawsuits the general public thinks occur;, but then I have to remember most have no idea of the time, effort, money and dedication it takes from the clients and the attorneys to get a case to trial.  After I watch a client battle to recover from injuries and put some normalcy back into their lives and their family’s life, I am usually overwhelmed with their dedication to striving.  Thus, offering anything less than our maximum effort would not be fair.

At The Cagle Law Firm, we have been the opportunity to meet many incredible individuals who lived the definition of “Determination”.  Posting this video is not meant to poke fun at anyone’s struggle or demean the long journey anyone has made to overcome obstacles. Rather, this short, fun video reminds me of the importance of dedication in each one of our attorneys.

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