So each day when I wake up and get the day started I walk out of my bedroom and am greeted by this picture of President Abraham Lincoln. My wife got it for me several years ago for Christmas after I commented how much I liked the theme of the print and the saying. I generally am a bit cynical when it comes to these success oriented blurbs with catchy themes like “vision”, “inspiration”, and so on. In fact, its enough sometimes to make you think you are locked in an old episode of “The Office”, walking into another great day at Dunder Mifflin.
“Office” comments aside, I really enjoyed this particular piece and its a great saying to wake up to each day. This past year has been a real meat grinder on several fronts. Business, life, etc. Some has been exciting and inspirational, other moments have been stressed and lonely. I was one of the unfortunate many that got caught flat footed in the real estate bubble. What started off as a fun hobby with a few rental houses ballooned into quite a business with lots of houses and other side ventures (on top of my regular day gig by the way). That was all great on the upswing but the new market reality has created quite a “shit” storm to be perfectly blunt.
That being said, life is there to be lived, experienced, chances taken, rewards and penalties received. I’m not happy about some of the current economic realities but the alternative to all of this is never trying, never putting yourself out there, never dreaming, achieving or pushing yourself. I know that I’ll get through this and be stronger, better and more experienced for it… but some days the struggle is taxing to say the least.
So each day when I wake up I am greeted by this view of Honest Abe and the wonderful saying below. For all of those out there enduring your own challenges in life, love and business – here is something to brighten your day. To me, the quote is priceless and so true.
He FAILED in business in ’31.
He was DEFEATED for state legislature in ’32.
He tried another business in ’33. It FAILED.
His fiancee died in ’35.
He had a nervous BREAKDOWN in ’36.
In ’43 he ran for Congress and was DEFEATED.
He tried again in ’48 and was DEFEATED again.
He tried running for the Senate in ’55. He LOST.
The next year he ran for Vice President and LOST.
In ’59 he ran for the Senate again and was DEFEATED.
In 1860, the man who signed his name A. Lincoln,
was elected the 16th President of the United States.
“The difference between history’s boldest accomplishments,
and its most staggering failures is often, simply,
the diligent will to persevere.”
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