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Biography of a “Failure”
- Difficult childhood
- Less than one year of formal schooling
- Failed in business ‘31
- Defeated for legislature ‘32
- Again failed in business ‘33
- Elected to legislature ‘34
- Fiancée died ‘35
- Defeated for Speaker ‘38
- Defeated for Elector ‘40
- Married, wife a burden ‘42
- Only one of four sons lived past age 18
- Defeated for Congress ‘43
- Elected for Congress ‘46
- Defeated for Congress ‘48
- Defeated for Senate ‘55
- Defeated for Vice President ‘56
- Defeated for Senate ‘58
When you think of a series of setbacks like this, doesn’t it make you feel small to become discouraged, just because you think you’re having a hard time in life?
Dissatisfaction with things as they are, the persistent struggle to reach expanding goals, not the triumphs, is what makes people great.
This is the story of a man who never stopped trying even though his failures were many and his successes were few.
The "failure" was, of course, Abraham Lincoln.
*Disclaimer: This is not my original work, nor do I take credit for it as such.
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