Abraham Lincoln’s Attitude Exemplified Persistence
Persistence Is Stronger than Failure. Don’t ever give up! Take heart, even Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s greatest presidents, was no stranger to failure. Here is a brief summary of his career:
§ Failed in business 1831
§ Defeated for legislature 1832
§ Failed in business again 1833
§ Elected to legislature 1834
§ Sweetheart died 1835
§ Had nervous breakdown 1836
§ Defeated for speaker 1838
§ Defeated for elector 1840
§ Defeated for congressional nomination 1843
§ Elected for Congress 1846
§ Defeated for Congress 1848
§ Defeated for Senate 1855
§ Defeated for Vice President 1856
§ Defeated for Senate 1859
§ Elected President of the United States 1860
Why was Abe Lincoln elected president? A key reason is because he didn’t quit trying, no matter how many times he failed, he didn’t quit. Winners Don’t Quit! Few people have suffered more personal, professional, and political adversity than Abraham Lincoln. Few people have had a more persistent Attitude. Because he persisted in the face of failure, he emerged victorious.
The model Mr. Lincoln gave us with his persistence is one we can remember in the face of our greatest setbacks. The most wonderfully powerful quality in all of this is something we can ourselves control, our Attitudes. Only you can control what your Attitude will be. Only you can decide whether you will stay the course.
Remember to keep pushing. Winners Don’t Quit!