Monday, April 21, 2008

Try, Try Again

Need a little encouragement after a discouragement? Read one man's life story as found on an inspirational website.

•Born in poverty, he had to face defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business, suffered nervous breakdown and was bedridden for six months. He could have quit many times, but he didn’t quit and became one of the greatest presidents in America.
•His family was forced out of their home AND He had to work to support them
•His mother died
•Failed in business
•Ran for State legislature –lost
•Also lost his job-wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
•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.
•Ran for state legislature again—won
•Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken
•Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months
•Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
•Sought to become elector – defeated
•Ran for Congress –lost
•Ran for Congress again – this time he won-went to Washington and did a good job
•Ran for re-election to Congress-lost
•Sought the job of land officer in his home state-rejected
•Ran for Senate of the United States-lost
•Sought the Vice Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – got less than 100 votes
•Ran for U.S. Senate again- again he lost *
•Elected President of the United States.

The part was worn and slippery. My foot slipped from under me, knocking the other out of the way, but I recovered and said to myself," It’s a slip and not a fall". Abraham Lincoln –After losing a senate race-1858

One who never fails, but learns, succeeds finally.

We all know we need to persevere but the world screams at us - you too can get rich quick. You learn a lot more, grow a lot more and build great character by getting rich slow. Take your time today to building toward success as you define it.

Moving Forward,

Jeff Roach

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