Sunday, July 15, 2007

Next Time Life Has You Down...

Whenever I am feeling a bit down and defeated, I try to consider the life events of one great American:

  • Lost a job in 1832
  • Defeated for state legislature in 1832
  • Failed in business in 1833
  • Elected to state legislature in 1834
  • Sweetheart died in 1835
  • Had nervous breakdown in 1836
  • Defeated for Speaker in 1838
  • Defeated for Congress nomination in 1843
  • Elected to Congress in 1846
  • Lost re-election in 1848
  • Rejected for land officer in 1849
  • Defeated for U.S. Senate in 1854
  • Defeated for nomination for Vice President in 1856
  • Again defeated for U.S. Senate in 1858
  • Elected President in 1860

What an inspiration! With those kinds of odds, I would have given up for sure. Good thing he didn't. Can you truly name great American presidents without including Lincoln?

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
-Abraham Lincoln

"God must love the common man, he made so many of them."
-Abraham Lincoln

"That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well."
-Abraham Lincoln

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