There was a man who failed in his personal business at the age of 21. He was defeated in a legislative race at age 22, and failed again in business at 24. His sweetheart died when he was 26, which caused a mental breakdown by the time he turned 27. He went on to lose a congressional race at age 34, and another senatorial race at age 45. He failed in an effort to become vice-president at age 47 and lost yet another a senatorial race at age 49.
This same man was elected president of the United States at age 52.
This is a brief timeline of the life of Abraham Lincoln. Would you dare call him a failure? His story exemplifies perseverance in a very real way. Persistence is not demonstrated during the easy days of life. It is demonstrated and mastered through failure after failure. The trick that must be learned is that these failures, through persistence towards success and achievement, are but temporary defeat.
"I am not concerned that you have fallen, I am concerned that you arise." -Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln had ample opportunity and legitimate reason to feel discouraged and thus, quit. Rather than submit to defeat, he rose again and again, using each failure as fuel to press on once more. In our quest for success, we must demonstrate the same amount of resilience if we are to earn our ultimate joy and achievement.
It is easy to think that those who achieve success have some sort of gift, natural ability, or advantage. This is untrue. The thing that these people possess is the ability to press on through the worst of things, coming out the other side to say, "again."
Napoleon Hill talks about the times when people quit they are usually 3 feet from gold. This is true in every sense of the idea because it is the perseverance through the darkest hour that one is able to see and experience the dawn.
It is also through failure and perseverance through that failure where we learn the most meaningful lessons. We learn the most about ourselves, about our business, about other people, and about the world around us when things go wrong. We learn even more when we respond to those moments with patience and humility. Perseverance does not mean that we must extend efforts beyond our capacity, it simply means we must do all that is within our power to keep going.
"I shall not do more than I can, I shall do all that I can." -Abraham Lincoln
Our hope for you is that whatever your quest to greatness may be, building a business, a family, or a rocking' body, that you maintain your actions towards that goal with positivity and perseverance until you succeed. There is so much to be learned from Lincoln's attitude in his words addressing the nation,
"I expect to maintain this contest until successful, or until I die, or am conquered, or my term expires, or until congress or the country forsake me."
Imagine feeling so impassioned and determined to succeed that it would take nothing short of death to stop you. This is the kind of attitude that earns success. It is the people who give their life to their cause, that end up fulfilling true, definite purpose.
This is who we are training YOU to be.
You are the ones who will change the world.
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