Who Was This Man?

    He grew up in poverty in what modern psychologists call a dysfunctional family.  His father worked him like a pack mule from sunrise to sunset.  He was tall and foolish looking.  His clothes were always too tight and small.  The other children would mock him and call him “monkey-boy” or “the gorilla.”  The following were some of his life experiences:

  • At the age of 22, he FAILED IN BUSINESS.
  • At the age of 23, he was DEFEATED IN HIS RUN FOR STATE LEGISLATURE.
  • At the age of 24, he FAILED AGAIN IN BUSINESS.
  • At the age of 25, he was ELECTED TO LEGISLATURE.
  • At the age of 26, he was REJECTED BY THE WOMAN HE LOVED.
  • At the age of 27, he had a NERVOUS BREAKDOWN.
  • At the age of 29, he was DEFEATED FOR SPEAKER.
  • At the age of 32, he was DEFEATED FOR ELECTOR.
  • At the age of 33, he MARRIED A WOMAN WHO WAS FOUND TO BE MENTALLY UNSTABLE.
  • At the age of 34, he was DEFEATED FOR CONGRESS.
  • At the age of 37, he was ELECTED TO CONGRESS.
  • At the age of 39, he was DEFEATED FOR CONGRESS.
  • At the age of 46, he was DEFEATED FOR SENATE.
  • At the age of 47, he was DEFEATED FOR VICE PRESIDENT.
  • At the age of 49, he was DEFEATED FOR SENATE.
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Abraham Lincoln 

2 Comments

  1. Lincoln’s answer to that question during the Civil War was “adversity.” The adversity he overcame in his life formed his character and gave him the strength, will and determination he needed as President.

  2. Then what made him sucessful?

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