A young man ran for legislature in Illinois, and was badly swamped.
He next entered business – failed – and spent seventeen years of his life paying up the debt of a worthless partner.
He was in love with a beautiful young woman to whom he became engaged – then she died.
Reentering politics, he ran for congress, and was badly defeated.
He then tried to get an appointment to the United States Land Office – but failed.
He became a candidate for the United States Senate – and was badly defeated.
Two years later he was defeated by Stephen Douglas.
One failure after another – bad failures – great setbacks; but in the face of all of this, kept on trying and became one of the greatest men in all history.
Perhaps you’ve heard of him. His name was Abraham Lincoln.
One thing that our generation fears is failure. But failure teaches us valuable lessons in life. It allows us to learn from mistakes and grow from them. It’s our level of persistence that determines our success against failure.
Try to remember – failure is an event, not a person.