Abraham Lincoln could have quit many times – But he didn’t and because he didn’t quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of United States.
The sense of obligation to continue is present in all of us. A duty to strive is the duty of all of us. I felt a call to that duty.
Probably the greatest example of persistence is Abraham Lincoln. He is, indeed, perseverance personified. If you want to learn about somebody who didn’t quit, look no further.
Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown.
But Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up. Here is a sketch of Lincoln’s road to the White House.
1831 – Failed in Business
1832 – Defeated for Legislature
1833 – Second Failure in Business
1836 – Suffered Nervous Breakdown
1838 – Defeated for Speaker
1840 – Defeated for Elector
1843 – Defeated for Congress
1848 – Defeated for Congress
1855 – Defeated for Senate
1856 – Defeated for Vice President
1858 – Defeated for Congress
1860 – Elected President
“The path was worn and slippery. My foot slipped from under me, knocking the other out of the way,” Lincoln said, after losing a Senate Race. “But I recovered and said to myself, It’s a slip and not a fall.”
– Author Unknown
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