I was given 2 sheets of paper with the following message on it by my Finance professor at UBC:
Nothing can take the place of persistance.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with great talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistenance and determination alone are omnipotent.
Lost Job in 1832
defeated for legislature 1832
failed in business 1833
sweetheart died 1835
had nervous breakdown 1836
defeated for speaker 1838
defeated for nomination for congress 1843
elected to congress 1843
lost renomination 1848
rejected for land officer 1849
defeated for senate 1854
defeated for nomination for vice-president 1856
again defeated for senate 1858
BUT IN 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the USA