Never Give Up
It was in the darkest days of World War 2 when Winston Churchill challenged England to “Never, Never, Never give up!” it is a colossal mistake to quit just because of a reversal or some misfortune. You are never a failure unless you quit and sit down. If you get knocked down seven times but you get up eight times, you win.
A famous example of persistence that leads to great accomplishment was President Abraham Lincoln. His road to the White house was paved with one set back after another over many long years. Lincoln failed in business in 1831. He was defeated for legislation in 1832. His second failure in business came in 1833. He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836. He then had a string of political defeats.
- Defeated for Speaker in 1838.
- Defeated for Elector in 1840.
- Defeated for Congress in 1843.
- Defeated for Congress in 1848.
- Defeated for Senate in 1855.
- Defeated for Vice President in 1856.
- Defeated for Senate in 1858.
Most people would have quit politics after suffering such a string of defeats. If Lincoln had given up and sat down beside his failure we would never have heard of him. But “quit” was not in his vocabulary, and the man who is considered by many people as the greatest U.S. President was elected President in 1860. You can’t lose if you don’t quit!