Are you familiar with the story of Abraham Lincoln and all that he went through on his road to the presidency?
1816 – His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
1818 – His mother died.
1831 – Failed in business.
1832 – Ran for state legislature – lost.
1832 – Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
1833 – Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
1834 – Ran for state legislature again – won.
1835 – Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
1836 – Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
1838 – Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
1840 – Sought to become elector – defeated.
1843 – Ran for Congress – lost.
1846 – Ran for Congress again – this time he won – went to Washington and did a good job.
1848 – Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
1849 – Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
1854 – Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.
1856 – Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – got less than 100 votes.
1858 – Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
1860 – Elected President of the United States.
The story of Abraham Lincoln is a remarkable one because he never gave up. No matter what came his way, he simply kept pressing on. Despite setbacks and failures, and a trail of adversity, Abraham Lincoln would not quit. He said, “I do the very best I know how, the very best I can and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.” He had an unrelenting persistence.
Do you have a similar spirit Do you give up too easily? Do you give about 60% effort and then call it a day?
Dig down deep today and face whatever it is you need to face. After you have fought long and hard and you feel that you have nothing left, remember that you do!
You have an unrelenting persistence!