We rarely find examples of constant persistence for success, like those of Abraham Lincoln. How many efforts a human can make, here’s his life sketch.
Born in poverty, he had to face defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business, suffered nervous breakdown and was bedridden 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 road to White House
His family was forced out of their home AND He had to work to support them
His mother died
Failed in business
Ran for State legislature –lost
Also lost his job-wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
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.
Ran for state legislature again—won
Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken
Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months
Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
Sought to become elector – defeated
Ran for Congress –lost
Ran for Congress again – this time he won-went to Washington and did a good job
Ran for re-election to Congress-lost
Sought the job of land officer in his home state-rejected
Ran for Senate of the United States-lost
Sought the Vice Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – got less than 100 votes
Ran for U.S. Senate again- again he lost *
Elected President of the United States.
Moral: One who never fails, quits, but learns, succeeds finally.