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Naked Leader Week – 168 (w/c Monday 7 August 2006)
The Leadership of Abraham Lincoln, from two different perspectives
If you are about to give up on your dream, read my favourite story of persistence, belief, and self-determination. That of Abraham Lincoln. The same story told from two different perspectives – the left-brain list or the right brain story. As always, your choice…
Lincoln‘s Incredible Journey to Become The Sixteenth President of The USA! (1):
|He had to work to support his family after they were forced out of their home. 1816|
|His mother died. 1818|
|Failed in business. 1831|
|Defeated for State Legislature. 1832|
|Lost his job and couldn’t get into law school. 1832|
|Declared bankrupt and spent the next 17 years of his life paying off the money he borrowed from friends to start his business. 1833|
|Defeated for State Legislature again. 1834|
|Engaged to be married, but his sweetheart died and his heart was broken. 1835|
|Had a nervous breakdown, spent next 6 months in bed. 1836|
Defeated for speaker of the State Legislature. 1838
|Defeated in becoming elector. 1840|
|Defeated for Congress 1843|
|Defeated for Congress. 1846|
|Defeated for Congress. 1848|
|Rejected for job of Land Officer in his home state. 1849|
|Defeated for Senate. 1854|
|Defeated for Vice-President – got less than 100 votes. 1856|
|Defeated for Senate for the third time. 1858|
|Was elected President of the United States, and saved the Union. 1860|
Lincoln‘s Incredible Journey to Become The Sixteenth President of The USA! (2)
And so it was that in 1832 young Abraham Lincoln lost his job. And the Discouragement Fraternity sneered and said unto him: “If you’re so smart, why ain’t you successful?”. And Abe, intimidated, hung his head low and crawled back under yon rock from whence he came.
And so it was that, later in that same year, Abe ran for the Legislature of Illinois and was badly defeated. And the Discouragement Fraternity sneered and said unto him: “If you’re so smart, why ain’t you successful?”.
And Abe, intimidated, hung his head low and crawled back under yon rock from whence he came.
And so it was that this pattern continued. He tried his hand at business in 1833 and went broke; he ran for Speaker in 1838 and lost; hewas overwhelmingly defeated in a bid for nomination to Congress in 1843; he was rejected for appointment to the U.S.Land Office in 1849; he was soundly beaten for a U.S.Senate seat in 1854; he was defeated for nomination for Vice-President in 1856.
And after each failure, the Discouragement Fraternity, always more than happy to be of help, sneered and said unto him: “If you’re so smart, why ain’t you successful?”. And each time, Abe, intimidated, hung his head low and crawled back under yon rock from whence he came.
Then, in 1858, after once again being defeated for the U.S. Senate, and after once again enduring the Discouragement Fraternity sneering and saying unto him: “If you’re so smart, why ain’t you successful?” a funny thing happened on the way back to yon rock from whence he came:
Abe thought for a moment, scratched his head, then finally came to the conclusion that intimidators must have more fun than intimidatees. Thus concluding, he looked up at the Discouragement Fraternity and replied: “Stick thy finger up thy nose, and go fly thee a kite”.
…and lo and behold, Abe, the ex-intimidatee, became President…and saved the Union.
And the members of the Discouragement Fraternity, fingers in noses and kites in hand, said unto Abe: “Bravo! We always knew you would be successful.”
…Whereupon Abe displayed a gentle smile and walked quietly away.
Second version from ‘Winning Through Intimidation’
By Robert J. Ringer
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