Every now and then, I am reminded of how important it is to be persistent.
Some of us have had to be relentlessly persistent in the pursuit of our goals and dreams. Many of us are still having to be very persistent, knocking almost daily on the door of our destiny, wondering when it will finally open up to a whole new vista of opportunity and possibility.
Others have known what it is to be persistent but then the sheer pain of perceived failure has all but derailed their once determined attitude and today they stare ahead blankly, wondering where it all went wrong.
Whatever category you consider yourself in, why not take a moment to recall the epic tale of persistence that was personified by Abraham Lincoln, who finally went on to become arguably, the greatest American President ever…
- 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.
- l832 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 – get less than 100 votes.
- 1858 Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
- 1860 Elected president of the United States.
I once came up with an acronym for people who have overcome whatever they had to in order to achieve their dreams:
SMIAL – Seriously Made It At Last