Saturday, August 16, 2014

ABRAHAM LINCOLN NEVER QUIT! - An Inspiring story on the Virtue of Persistence!!

Abraham Lincoln
 If anyone wants the inspiration of how many efforts a human can make, here’s his life sketch.
Abraham Lincoln!
Born in poverty, he had to face defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business, suffered nervous breakdown and was bed ridden for six months. He could have quit many times, but he didn’t quit and became one of the greatest presidents in America.

Here is a sketch of Lincoln’s rough road to White House
  • His mother died
  • His family was forced out of their home AND He had to work to support them
  • 1832 - Ran for State legislature –lost
  • 1832 - Also lost his job-wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
  • 1833 - Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year He was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
  • 1833 - Failed in business
  • 1834 - Ran for state legislature again—won
  • 1835 - Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken
  • 1836 - Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months
  • 1838 - Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
  • 1843 - Ran for Congress –lost
  • 1846 - Ran for Congress again – this time he won (went to Washington and did a good job)
  • 1848 - Ran for re-election to Congress-lost
  • 1849 - Sought the job of land officer in his home state-rejected
  • 1854 - Ran for Senate of the United States-lost
  • 1856 - Sought the Vice Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – got less than 100 votes
  • 1858 - Ran for U.S. Senate again- again he lost *
  • 1860 - Elected President of the United States.
The part was worn and slippery. My foot slipped from under me, knocking the other out of the way, but I recovered and said to myself," It’s a slip and not a fall".
-Abraham Lincoln (After losing a senate race-1858)

"Some people use failure as an excuse to give up, to become bitter, or cynical. Other people look at failure as an opportunity to revisit past decisions and to devise new strategies."
-Catherine Pulsifer

"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up."
-Thomas Edison

"Failures are made only by those who fail to dare, not by those who dare to fail." 
-Lester B. Pearson

REFLECTION:
Think long term thinking. Adversity looks huge if time and space are not brought into play. You must set out a target and then work out how to get there. Seek help where necessary, but to be truly successful the bulk of the work must be yours. Are failure, loss and rejection, in whatever form, the worst things you will have to deal with? No, fear of losing is. You gotta come back. Be persistent and Courageous !
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