Success and failure are parts of life. Our future depends on how we handle success or failures. Generally failure leads to frustrations, disappointments and finally people quit.

If we observe behavior of great personal brands, one thing is commonly found that ,they never ever quit or give-up due to difficulties and failures.

I was reading Abraham Lincoln, who was one of the greatest presidents of the United States of America. He didn’t quit. It reflects the courage of Abraham Lincoln and showcase the spirit of a fighter in challenging situations without compromising on self value system.

I am sharing the unsourced “Abraham Lincoln Didn’t Quit” list. This has been printed in countless magazines and newspaper columns over the decades, including an appearance in 1967 Reader’s Digest.


Abraham Lincoln Didn’t Quit

Probably the greatest example of persistence is Abraham Lincoln. If you want to learn about somebody who didn’t quit, look no further.

Born into poverty, Lincoln had faced defeats throughout his life. He lost eight elections, failed twice in business and suffered a nervous breakdown.

He could have quit many times – but he didn’t and because he didn’t quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of this world..

Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up. Here is a sketch of Lincoln’s road to the White House:

  • 1816: His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
  • 1818: His mother died.
  • 1831: Failed in business.
  • 1832: Ran for state legislature – lost.
  • 1832: Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
  • 1833: Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
  • 1834: Ran for state legislature again – won.
  • 1835: Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
  • 1836: Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
  • 1838: Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
  • 1840: Sought to become elector – defeated.
  • 1843: Ran for Congress – lost.
  • 1846: Ran for Congress again – this time he won – went to Washington and did a good job.
  • 1848: Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
  • 1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
  • 1854: Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.
  • 1856: Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – got less than 100 votes.
  • 1858: Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
  • 1860: Elected president of the United States.

“The path was worn and slippery. My foot slipped from under me, knocking the other out of the way,” Lincoln said, after losing a Senate race. “But I recovered and said to myself,
‘It’s a slip and not a fall.”

— Abraham Lincoln after losing a Senate race

How did one person sustain and succeed to a great level after tremendous amount of failures and struggles in his life? We have seen the failures of Abraham Lincoln, now will see his great qualities which were backbone for overcoming all the struggles and failures of his life

Some of the great characteristics of Abraham Lincoln

  • Strong Value system, firm principles, and incorruptible integrity
  • Kind nature, his deep and earnest sympathy with the afflictions of the whole people
  • Self-discipline
  • His mastery over language
  • One of the best communicators of all time
  • Freedom and equal opportunity to work for all
  • Habit of reading
  • Mastery of handling criticism
  • Love for the nation

Great leadership qualities…

  • Capacity to listen to different Points of View
  • Ability to learn on the job
  • Willingness to share credit for success
  • Willingness to take blame for failure
  • Awareness of Own Weaknesses
  • Ability to Control Emotions
  • Know How to Relax and Replenish
  • Go Out into the Field and Manage Directly
  • Strength to Adhere to Fundamental Goals
  • Ability to Communicate Goals and Vision


“Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

–Vince Lombardi

My message through this blog is

Keep moving… keep giving your best… Don’t quit…


For your quick reference I am providing you each leadership qualities in bullet points. You can read brief of each bullet points by clicking below reference link.


10 Qualities that Made Abraham Lincoln a Great Leader

By Catherine L. Moreton, J.D. Managing Editor

 If you are interested to know more about Abraham Lincoln, you may visit below reference:

  1. Abraham Lincoln Biography

  1. The Abraham Lincoln Blog

  1. Lession in Leadership- How Lincoln become America’s Greatest President


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