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Abraham Lincoln

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Abraham Lincoln Didn’t Quit

Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, failed twice in business and suffered a nervous breakdown.

After Lincoln’s history of defeat to defeat to defeat, he then became President of the USA and was wildly successful in a stressful national situation of Civil War.

Born on February 12, 1809

  • 1816 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
  • 1818 His mother died.
  • 1831 Failed in business.
  • 1832 Ran for state legislature – lost.
  • l832 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.
  • 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.
  • 1840 Sought to become elector – 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.

He could have quit many times – but he didn’t and because he didn’t quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of the USA.

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”
Chinese Proverb

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  2. Tate90 / Feb 17 2012

    Wow, danke ND!
    Zeigt das nicht auch wieder, dass wir uns nicht von unseren Umständen leiten lassen dürfen? Oft erleben wir kleine Niederlagen, oder sogar Schicksaalschläge in unserem Leben und nutzen diese als Ausrede, dass wir bestimmte Dinge nicht mehr tun.
    Als Lincoln in den Jahren 38, 40 und 42 gleich drei Mal eine Wahl verlor, hätte er da nicht aufgeben sollen und einsehen sollen, dass er es nicht drauf hat? Ich bin mir sicher, dass er auch solche Meinungen gehört hat, aber er wusste, was richtig ist und hat weiter gekämpft. Fallen tut jeder, aber nur wer immer wieder aufsteht, vermag Großes tun.

    Wir haben keine Ausrede, wenn wir nicht jeden Tag unser Bestes geben und Zeit effektiv nutzen. Wo sind die Menschen, die durchhalten, die aufstehen, die mit Leidenschaft kämpfen?

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