As a young man, Abraham Lincoln went to war a captain and returned a private. Afterwards, he was a failure as a businessman. As a lawyer in Springfield, he was too impractical and temperamental to be a success. He turned to politics and was defeated in his first try for the legislature, again defeated in his first attempt to be nominated for congress, defeated in his application to be commissioner of the General Land Office, defeated in the senatorial election of 1854, defeated in his efforts for the vice-presidency in 1856, and defeated in the senatorial election of 1858. At about that time, he wrote in a letter to a friend, “I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth.”
We all know how this story worked out. Abraham Lincoln arguably was one of the best presidents we’ve ever had. He stood up and attempted to be the best man in a time of crisis. How often do we focus so much on our failures that we can’t stand up and realize that there’s always another chance to be an amazing success story? To often people are afraid to fail, and because of this they too are afraid to succeed.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly.”
~ Robert F. Kennedy
When an opportunity comes crashing down around us and we’ve failed miserably don’t stand there pondering our failures get up and seize the opportunity that is right in front of us. This is the true sign of someone who can achieve greatness.
We are all failures, but do we all get back up and keep fighting for success?