7 Must Read Life Lessons from Abraham Lincoln

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1. Prepare for Success

Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four hours sharpening the axe.”

Before you can succeed, you must prepare. When Lincoln was an unknown attorney in the backwoods of Illinois he was preparing for success, when Lincoln became an Illinois State Senator, he was preparing for success, and even when he lost the election for the U.S. senate twice, he was preparing for success. What are you doing in preparation for success? Lincoln said, “I will prepare and some day my chance will come.”

2. Hustle

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

You can't stroll to a goal, you must hustle; you must move quickly in order to gain the momentum necessary to break free from the gravitational pull of the commonplace. The best things in life come to those who hustle. Are you hustling?

3. Remember That Greatness is Possible

That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.”

If someone else can succeed in the business that you're in, that is proof that you can succeed as well. If someone else can become rich in the state that you're in, that is proof that you become rich as well. You have all that the greatest of men have had: a mind, and a will. Don't make excuses, if someone else can do it, so can youAnd who knows? You may be able to do it faster and better; never underestimate you abilities.

4. Become Worthy of a Good Reputation

Reputation is like fine china, once broken it's very hard to repair.”

Work to be, the way you want to be perceived. Don't try to look good, be good. A good name is more valuable than fine gold andchoicerubies.

Practice becoming honorable.

You can be just as honest, have just as much integrity, walk in just as much humility, and possess just as much discipline as the greatest men who have ever lived.

5. Make the Years Count

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.”

Lincoln didn't live to a very old age, but thelife in his yearsmade a profound impact on the world. Are you making your years count? Are you changing the world?

You're capable of it; if you're able to read and understand these words, then you have the ability to make a profound impact, and that's not just meaningless rhetoric, it's a very real reality, but will you grasp it, will you believe it and make ityourreality.

6. See the Brighter Side of Things

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”

If you look for something to complain about, you will certainly find it! There'salwaysan opportunity to beoffended!” Don't take these opportunities; theyneverlead to anything positive. Learn to see the roses in life; life is filled with roses, if you'll take the time to see them.

7. Constantly Improve

The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can…”

If you improve everyday, imagine the improvements you could make over the course of 20 years. You could become successfulin-just-aboutany field in 20 years. You can make a significant impact on the world in 20 years! Remember, slow and steady wins the race; Rome was not built in a day. Work to get a little better everyday, and it time, you will accomplish your dreams.

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