I got this in an e-mail today:
TAKE THIS EXAMPLE TO HEART: I know of no better way to illustrate the
>of courage, persistence and perseverance than by giving you a quick
>overview of one man's life.
>Age 22: Failed in business.
>Age 23: Ran for legislature and was defeated.
>Age 24: Again failed in business.
>Age 25: Elected to legislature.
>Age 26: Sweetheart died.
>Age 27: Had a nervous breakdown.
>Age 29: Defeated for Speaker.
>Age 31: Defeated for Elector.
>Age 34: Defeated for Congress.
>Age 37: Elected to Congress.
>Age 39: Defeated for Congress.
>Age 46: Defeated for Senate.
>Age 47: Defeated for nomination of Vice President.
>Age 49: Defeated for Senate.
>Age 51: Elected President of the United States.
>That's the record of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln's deep conviction that
>had given him a commission to fulfill accounted for his deep humility
>ability to push on in the face of difficulties and failures that would
>discouraged most people.
>No matter what difficulty you are facing today, I want to encourage
>persevere. Hold on and never, ever give up! As long as you are headed
>the right direction, even the baby steps count.
May 9, '04
Saw this before but interesting re-read.