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?
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.
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.