Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. Abraham Lincoln came from nothing. His education consisted only of what he taught himself. He had no money, lived in the middle of nowhere and suffered one tragedy and setback after another, but through sheer force of will, he became one of the most important men in United States history.
Here are some lessons from Abraham Lincoln’s life.
1. Happiness is a Choice
“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
Most people base their happiness on what others think of them, or how successful others judge them to be. Set your own measures of success, and find happiness in achieving your personal goals every day.
Let others have their opinions, and let yourself have contentment.
2. Be Yourself
“Whatever you are, be a good one.”
The only thing you are assured of being better at than anyone else is at being yourself. You were created as an individual, and no other human being ever has, is, or ever will be exactly like you. If you don’t live out your life as well as you can, the world will never get to see what you had to offer. It’s your choice.
3. Create Your Own Path. Don’t Follow Others
Towering genius distains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
To achieve great things, you must think for yourself. All remarkable achievements and breakthroughs came not from following others, but from listening to your own inner voice.
4. Everything Can Be Bought, Except Your Reputation
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition, is yet to be developed.
A good reputation is built through years of hard work and service to others. Once you’ve lost that reputation, there is no way to reclaim it except through more years of hard work and service. Never sully what you have built. Maintain your integrity. Maintain your reputation.
5. If You Believe It – You Can Achieve It
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed, is more important than any other one thing.
No one in the world has the same dreams that you do, and more importantly, no one in the world can believe in you as much as you believe in yourself. Your own resolution to succeed is the single most important measure of success. If you believe you can achieve something, you won’t stop until you have, and if there is no doubt in your heart, there is no doubt you’ll achieve your goals.
His Most Important Advice.
Adhere to your purpose and you will soon feel as well as you ever did. On the contrary, if you falter, and give up, you will lose the power of keeping any resolution, and will regret it all your life.
And having thus chosen our course, without guile, and with pure purpose, let us renew our trust in God, and go forward without fear, and with manly hearts.