Thursday, March 18, 2010

Get Beat like Abraham! (not the bible guy)

Abraham Lincoln had a great story. We see people at the pinnacle of success, but rarely do we hear or see the beatings they took to get their. Because of not being able or not being told about our heroes bad times, we tend to measure success on a different scoreboard than the scoreboard our heroes or great historical people had.

Look at Abraham Lincoln's "Path to Success." Do you want these type of beatings?
1831- His business went bankrupt
1832- He was defeated in a legislative race.
1833- Another business failed.
1834- He was elected to the Illinois legislature.
1835- His fiance died.
1836- He had a nervous breakdown
1842- He married Mary Todd, whose family had a wider network of social and political connections.
1843- He was defeated in a Congressional race.
1847- He was elected to serve in the House of Representatives.
1848- He was defeated in another Congressional race.
1855- He was defeated in a Senatorial race.
1856- He was defeated in a vice presidential bid.
1860- He was elected the 16th President of the U.S.A.

Three decades of hurt, failure and success. Here is what Lincoln said about his journey:
"Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm."

This guy took a lot of beatings, literally, in the political sense. But he did not stop, he kept pursuing.

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