The Lincoln Lesson
Are you frustrated by the way news and politics are played these days?
Keep reading because this is an inspiring story of perseverance.
In their book, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hanson, write:
- In 1832, Lincoln ran for the Illinois State Legislature and lost.
- 2 years later, he won and was re-elected 3 times.
- In 1838, he ran to become the state legislature's speaker and lost.
- In 1840, he sought to become an Electoral College elector and lost.
- In 1843, he ran for the House of Representatives and lost.
- When he ran again in 1846, he won.
- In 1854, he ran for the US Senate and lost.
- In 1856, he sought the vice-presidential nomination and got less than 100 votes.
- In 1858, he ran for the US Senate again and lost again.
- Finally, he ran for president in 1860 and won.
Abraham Lincoln kept loyal to his ideals, beliefs and vision for America.
What if he had given up after his 1st, 2nd or 3rd defeat?
The Lincol Lesson: Persevere. Believe in yourself and your ideals. Never give up.
Or, as another often defeated candidate, British Prime Minister Winston Churchiil, once told students at his old boarding school, "In things great or small, never, never, never give in."
We hope Lincoln’s story strengthens your resolve.
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