Often in my life I have had periods where being discouraged seemed to be at the top of my perspective.  There are always ups and downs.   When discouraged, one of the things that has seemed to help me over the years has been reading an Abraham Lincoln plaque on perseverance, that I received as a gift.  It seems to lift my spirits and reminds me that great success often comes after lots and lots of failure.   A great friend and coworker of mine, somehow managed to move this plaque into his office, which was fine by me.  After that, when feeling the need to get a good reminder on determinate and perseverance, I got to visit my great friend and re-read it at the same time.  Since my friend transferred to another office, I thought to post it up so I can re-read it from time to and and for others to enjoy.


Abe Lincoln

He FAILED in businesss in ’31.
He was DEFEATED for state legislator 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 main 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.



Abe Lincoln Perseverance Plague

This isn’t a sales pitch, but I believe this plaque came from the Successories store.  Here’s a link should you want your own copy.

Discouraged? Here is one thing that has helped me