January 18, 2021

Bar Exam Motivation: MLK Day 2021


Written by: Scot Goins, Director of Academic Achievement and Bar Success

Martin Luther King, Jr, once said the following:

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

On this day honoring and remembering him and his legacy, I encourage you to keep the above quote in mind as you go through your bar exam preparation. It is not how hard you study on any one day, how well you perform on a single quiz, or how eloquently you write a single essay that matters during this time. Rather, it is your consistent effort each day that ultimately will result in your success. You have to keep moving forward.

Some days you will perform well and you will fly high. Some days you will perform decently and feel as if you are running quickly towards success. Some days you will trudge at a frustratingly slow pace towards your goals. Some days you will crawl slowly forward, inching your way towards success. 

Regardless of whether you soar quickly in your learning or crawl towards knowledge painstakingly slowly, always remember to keep pushing yourself to continue to consistently move forward. Progress is progress, no matter the speed, and what matters is that you always stay in motion with your eyes on the prize. Believe in yourself and believe in your journey, because you can do this. Work hard each day to be successful on the bar exam, and you will never have to look back on this time with regret that you did not put forth your best effort.

Always keep moving forward towards the success that awaits you. I believe in you. You can pass the bar exam. Do whatever you have to do, but always keep moving forward.