7 Must Read Life Lessons from Abraham Lincoln
Before you can succeed, you must prepare. When Lincoln was an unknown attorney in the backwoods of Illinois he was preparing for success, when Lincoln became an Illinois State Senator, he was preparing for success, and even when he lost the election for the U.S. senate twice, he was preparing for success. What are you doing in preparation for success? Lincoln said, “I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”
You can't stroll to a goal, you must hustle; you must move quickly in order to gain the momentum necessary to break free from the gravitational pull of the commonplace. The best things in life come to those who hustle. Are you hustling?
If someone else can succeed in the business that you're in, that is proof that you can succeed as well. If someone else can become rich in the state that you're in, that is proof that you become rich as well. You have all that the greatest of men have had: a mind, and a will. Don't make excuses, if someone else can do it, so can you… And who knows? You may be able to do it faster and better; never underestimate you abilities.
You're capable of it; if you're able to read and understand these words, then you have the ability to make a profound impact, and that's not just meaningless rhetoric, it's a very real reality, but will you grasp it, will you believe it and make it “your” reality.
If you look for something to complain about, you will certainly find it! There's “always” an opportunity to be “offended!” Don't take these opportunities; they “never” lead to anything positive. Learn to see the roses in life; life is filled with roses, if you'll take the time to see them.
If you improve everyday, imagine the improvements you could make over the course of 20 years. You could become successful “in-just-about” any field in 20 years. You can make a significant impact on the world in 20 years! Remember, slow and steady wins the race; Rome was not built in a day. Work to get a little better everyday, and it time, you will accomplish your dreams.