When it comes to U.S. presidents, many call Abraham Lincoln the greatest of all. But long before Abraham Lincoln became president, and even afterwards, his life was haunted by defeat. He had a nervous breakdown at age 27, and was turned down for his first marriage proposal. At age 29, he ran for Illinois Speaker of the House, and lost. He ran for Congress, and lost. He was elected to Congress on the third try, only to lose for re-election. He was also defeated for two more Senate runs, and a run for vice president. After Lincoln was elected President, he had many critics. The Gettysburg Address, now one of the most famous and quoted speeches of all time, was called “silly, flat and dishwatery” by the Chicago Times, and the audience who heard it in person was unimpressed.
What can be learned from Lincoln ’s failures? His attitude, and his perception of these failures, led him to greater success. He rose to the challenge in the face of adversity, forged ahead with what he believed, and went on to become one of the greatest presidents in U.S. history.
Your Perception of Failure Means Everything
When it comes to success,very few people achieve it without first failing. Failure is a prerequisite to success. However, it is how you perceive the failure, and how you handle it, that makes the difference. Expect that sometimes you will fail, but when you do, rather than fearing it, embrace it, learn from it and move forward, do not allow yourself to be brought down. Persevering through failure is not easy, we live in a society that does not accept failure. No one wants to be a loser, so no one is the one to put themselves out there, to fall flat on their face. It is possible, to be confident and successful, without the dread of failure.
How to Embrace Failure to Gain Success