On Success

The following blogpost is adapted from Andrea Leber’s blog: Yoga on and off the mat. All of this information was taken from her wonderful post: Amazing success stories. They exist.

This is the story of one man who failed many times before succeeding. Here is his timeline of failures, with only two italicized successes:

  • 1831 – Lost his job
  • 1832 – Defeated in run for Illinois State Legislature
  • 1833 – Failed in business
  • 1834 – Elected to Illinois State Legislature
  • 1835 – Sweetheart died
  • 1836 – Had nervous breakdown
  • 1838 – Defeated in run for Illinois House Speaker
  • 1843 – Defeated in run for nomination for U.S. Congress
  • 1846 – Elected to Congress 
  • 1848 – Lost re-nomination
  • 1849 – Rejected for land officer position
  • 1854 – Defeated in run for U.S. Senate
  • 1856 – Defeated in run for nomination for Vice President
  • 1858 – Again defeated in run for U.S. Senate

In 1860, after all of these setbacks and failures, Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States. In his own wise words, “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.”

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