Probably the greatest example of persistence is Abraham Lincoln. If you want to learn about somebody who never quit, look no further.
Abraham Lincoln was born into poverty in a one-room log cabin on Nolin Creek in Kentucky. Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. Abraham Lincoln lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown.
Abraham Lincoln could have quit many times – but he never quit and because he didn’t quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of United States.
Lincoln was a champion because he never gave up. The following is a sketch of Abraham Lincoln ‘s road to the White House:
•1816 Abraham Lincoln family was forced out of their home and settles in the backwoods of Indiana. He had to work to support them.
•1818 On October 5th, Nancy Hanks Lincoln (his mother) dies of “milk sickness.”
•1831 He works as a clerk in the village store and sleeps in the back of store because he has no home.
•l832 He ran for General Assembly – He lost the election and the village store he worked in goes out of business.
•1833 Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business but the business fails, Leaving Abraham Lincoln badly in debt.
•1834 Ran for state legislature again -and was elected.
•1835 He was engaged to be married, his love interest dies from fever and his heart was broken.
•1836 He suffers an episode of severe depression and was in bed for six months.
•1838 He sought to become speaker of the state legislature – but he was defeated.
•1840 he sought to become elector – but was defeated.
•1843 He ran for U.S Congress – he lost.
•1846 He ran for U.S Congress again – this time he won – Abraham Lincoln is elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. .
•1848 He flag for re-election to U.S Congress – he lost.
•1849 he sought the job of land officer in his home state – but was unsuccessful.
•1854 He ran to become the Senate of the United States – but he lost.
•1856 At the first Republican convention, Abraham Lincoln sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – but gets 110 votes.
•1858 He ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
•1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected president of the United States.
Friends, as you can see the temptation to give up is a common one, and nobody is exemption. most people never achieve their dreams because they simply give up. Life was never meant to be easy – its a constant struggle, with extreme lows and extreme highs. Remember that the times when its most important to persevere are the times that you will be most tested. Never give up because you never can tell that could be your last failure.
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