I use this handout with our teams to show an example that even the greatest achievers of all time have dealt with adversity. It documents the failures of Abraham Lincoln endured on his way to becoming one of the greatest Presidents in the history of the United States.

1831 – FAILED IN BUSINESS

1832 – DEFEATED FOR THE HOUSE

1834 – FAILED IN BUSINESS

1836 – NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

1838 – LOST AN ELECTION

1843 – LOST CONGRESSIONAL RACE

1846 – RAN FOR OFFICE AND LOST

1848 – RAN FOR OFFICE AND LOST

1855 – LOST SENATE RACE

1856 – UNSUCCESSFUL IN HIS BID FOR VICE PRESIDENCY

1858 – LOST SENATE RACE

1860 – BECAME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

It’s not where you start—it’s where you finish that matters.

Here are some quotes from Abraham Lincoln that are in our basketball quotes section:

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

“I will prepare, and someday my chance will come.”

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