“Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” A famous quote by the 16th President of the United States of America, President Abraham Lincoln. Abraham Lincoln was born on February the 2nd, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky to mediocre parents. As he grew up he struggled to learn how to read and write. As a young man he faced struggles for the most part of his adult life and saw many failures, till he became president in 1860. He went to become the man to lead his country through a period of Civil War and issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all the slaves within his Confederacy.
At the age of twenty three, Abraham Lincoln was exposed to the terrible era of the Black Hawk War. He went to war as a captain, but returned demoted to a private. He tried his hands on business but failed in that too. He contested for legislature in 1832 and was defeated. He contested again in 1834 and was elected. Lincoln lost his love interest Ann Rutledge to typhoid in 1835, which left him severely depressed and almost in a nervous breakdown. He went on to try for Congress in 1843 and 1848, but was defeated. His application to become Land Officer in 1849 was rejected. Abraham Lincoln was defeated for Senate in 1854 and 1858 and lost the nomination for Vice-President in 1856. After this unending slew of failures and defeats, he went on to be elected President in 1860, and the rest, as they say, is history – literally. What can we learn from this great man? Of the many lessons, the first is perseverance.
To get through his many failures and reach to the top, Abraham Lincoln persevered; through thick and thin. Any ordinary man would have given up his dreams of becoming a successful politician long before the years it took Abraham Lincoln to become the president of the nation. If you decide to never quit, keep going on despite early failures or defeats, you will eventually taste the sweetness of success. He had once said “I will prepare, and some day my chance will come.” Luck favors those who come prepared. You should be ready to grab any passing opportunity. Be prepared to shine when you get your chance. You never know when opportunity is around the corner. Do your research, learn new skills and keep yourself well prepared; poised as a leopard targeting its prey. Another of Abraham Lincoln’s famous quotes – “Give me six hours to chop a tree, and I will spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.”
Abraham Lincoln’s life shows you that it is possible, even for a commoner to become one of the greatest leaders in the history of the world. To be successful, you have to believe that you have it in you to reach the top. Do your best in every task you undertake, results notwithstanding and you will find yourself slowly but surely climbing the ladder of success. Honest Abe, as he is fondly known, said “That some achieve great success, is a proof to all that others can achieve it as well.”
See yourself great, see yourself successful, work hard; try, try and try again. You are a failure only when you stop trying. They say doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is madness. Well, sometimes, it is all about believing in yourself. A lot of people must have told Abraham Lincoln was a mad man. With vision and a well laid down 411 ( plan of attack) for every step of the way, the “crazy” one becomes sane and sane people appear “crazy”. Vision is the earth on which the pathway to success is made. No one can build a road in thin air now can they?