A Lesson in Persistance

A LESSON IN PERSISTANCE

Below is a timeline of a very famous and well-known individual, who achieved great things throughout his life. The timeline below portrays the adversity which he overcame, in order to be a success.

Age 7                Worked to support family after they were forced out of their home

Age 9                Mother died

Age 22             Failed in business

Age 23             Defeated in legislature and could not get into law school

Age 24            Declared Bankruptcy and spent 17 years paying off debts owed to friends

Age 25            Defeated in legislature again

Age 26            While engaged to be married, sweetheart died and heart was broken

Age 27            Had a nervous breakdown and spent the next 6 months in bed

Age 29            Defeated in becoming the speaker of the state legislature

Age 31            Defeated in becoming elector

Age 34            Defeated for Congress

Age 37            Defeated for Congress again

Age 39            Defeated for Congress yet again

Age 40            Rejected for the job of land officer in home state

Age 45            Defeated for Senate

Age 47            Defeated for Vice President – got less than 100 votes

Age 49            Defeated for Senate again

Age 51            ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Who is this?

Persistence

ABRAHAM LINCOLN

I know when I first read this, I was shocked not only at all the success that Lincoln had achieved but by the amount of adversity that he overcame throughout his life.

“MY GREATEST CONCERN IS NOT WHETHER YOU HAVE FAILED, BUT WHETHER YOU ARE CONTENT WITH YOUR FAILURE.” – Abraham Lincoln

I always enjoy reading biographies and accounts of people throughout history who have achieved greatness.  There is much to learn from them and Lincoln is no different.  His perseverance is a testament that if you have belief in yourself, never give up and work hard you will be successful and accomplish your dreams!

Sir Winston Churchill famously said, “If you are going through hell, keep going”.

What this means is to persevere, never give up, and continue going until the job is done (whatever dream or goal you have).

When I am reading anything, I am consciously making an effort to see if there is any lesson that I can impart from it.

What really jumped out at me from these pages, was the idea of PERSEVERANCE.

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WHAT DOES THIS MEAN, PERSEVERANCE?

PER. SE. VER. ANCE – Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles or discouragement.

Perseverance is a constant theme among those who have achieved success, and especially among those who have achieved great success.  It’s that stick-to-itiveness; not quitting when the road gets tough, that ultimately makes the biggest difference in their lives.

I want to make one thing clear, perseverance does not mean trying the same approach every time until you get the desired outcome. What it means is keeping the desired outcome in mind and changing the approach until you achieve your outcome.

The difference here is that perseverance is also about being able to adapt to obstacles to achieve your outcome.  This is a huge point to understand.