ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A GREAT FAILURE.
“What!” you exclaim incredulously. Check this out.
1832 – lost job in failing business partnership and defeated for state legislature
1833 – private business failed
1834 – elected to state legislature, but internal improvement project nearly bankrupt State of Illinois
1836 and 1838 – defeated for house speaker
1843 – defeated for nomination to US Congress
1848 – entered Congress in 1846, but then lost again
1849 – ran for land-office position and lost
1854 – defeated for US Senate
1856 – defeated for nomination to become US Vice President
1858 – lost another race for US Senate
1860 – ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
Source: “Myth Information” by J. Allen Varasdi
The “overnight successes” that we often read about, are rarely that.
Winston Churchill said, "Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm." So, the question is… despite failures during my business or life journey, can I maintain belief in myself and marshal the stamina to move forward to reach my goals?
Like a captain sailing in a storm, you must know your destination and take on each wave as it comes. Success is not possible without clarity of purpose, self-motivation, and perseverance.