ABRAHAM LINCOLN DIDN'T QUIT
Probably the greatest example of persistence is Abraham Lincoln. If you want to learn about somebody who didn't quit, look no further...Here is a sketch of Lincoln's road to the White House:
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 sixteenth president of the United States.
Source Unknown, Chicken Soup for the Soul, 1993.
Never give up -- success could be just around the corner.
Portrait of a young Abraham Lincoln courtesy http://upload.wikimedia.org.