Just Like Abraham Lincoln: Never Quit

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

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

Here is a sketch of Lincoln’s road to success;

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 – get less than 100 votes.

1858 Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.1860 Elected president of the United States.

Check out the chronological order of this great man. Am sure most of us would have quitted a long time ago, 🤔ain’t easy at all. But this man keeps going. Whenever I read about Abraham Lincoln, his story motivates and inspires me.

Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Ruthlessly Edit Your Life

People are very judgmental of those who like to “edit” their lives. They accuse them of not being happy in the moment, never being satisfied, being flighty, and so on. While it’s not to say that any one of those things is untrue – it is to say that everybody should take it upon themselves to edit their lives, and while being mindful of the feelings of those involved, still not apologize for pursuing what you truly want.

1. Greatness is a product of practice and commitment – you’re not supposed to get it “right” the first time. Any relationship, project, achievement or endeavor – from how you decorate your house to publish your first book – is a linear process. It’s never a matter of whether or not you get it right the first time, but how willing you are to keep trying.

2. It takes courage to change by your own volition. It takes guts to say “this is not the life I wanted… so I’m going to start over again.” It’s likely that the people who are judgmental of this wish they could do it, or that they had the means to.

3. Settling is the easy way out disguised as the comfortable, “ideal” option. And often, we can confuse the peace and ease and lure of “settling” with what we actually desire.

4. People who edit their lives believe they deserve the lives they want. They believe they deserve loving friends, and happy relationships, and to actualize all of their dreams, even if they have to work really hard to get there. It’s their inherent feeling of being worthy that makes them push forward.

5. It takes intelligence and heart to admit that you weren’t right the first time. Many people avoid changing their lives simply because they don’t want to take the ego hit of feeling as though they were “wrong.”

6. Everything is about evolution, at the end of the day. You will become excellent at what you practice each day – regardless of whether that’s art or gossip or brooding or music. Your life will accumulate to the sum of the little moments – no matter what they’re filled with. You will grow regardless, edit your life so it’s in a direction you actually want.

5 Ways To Build A Wonderful Life #Self-improvement #inspiration

1. Live Below Your Means
There will always be temptation to forsake the future for immediate gratification. We all want to buy that new piece of technology, treat ourselves to an expensive night on the town, or take out a loan for the flashy car we can’t afford. It might feel great at the time but rash spending eventually will build and hurt a lot later on. Enjoy life’s simple pleasures and save as much as you can. Expensive things don’t create lasting happiness and security. Careful spending will bring you greater leisure and enjoyment in the long run.

2. Put Your Money to Work
Saving is great, but to make the most of your money you need to put it to work. Good investments can be the difference between retiring in your 40’s or in your 60’s.

A post today at The Simple Dollar really got me thinking. According to Trent’s projections , if a person in their early 20’s invests 20% of their income in an S&P index fund , the interest they earn will equal their current salary when they reach their early 40’s. They could retire without a drop in income! Wise investing is the surest path to financial independence and it’s something everyone can work on. It’s definitely an area I’ll be devoting more attention to in my personal life and on this blog.

3. Educate Yourself
To be happy we need continuous growth. The best way to grow is life long education. This doesn’t mean you need to pursue a doctorate or spend 2 hours reading every day. Self education can be anything that takes you out of your comfort zone. The important part is keeping an open mind and searching for fresh ideas and perspectives.

Education builds over time. It might feel like the bits of wisdom you acquire don’t mean much, but over the years they add up to form a wiser, kinder, more interesting person.

4. Develop Lasting Personal Relationships
Suppose you had everything you wanted. Would you be happy without anyone to share it with? The personal relationships we develop with friends and family members are the greatest source of happiness in our lives. Don’t forget about them.

Taking the time to cultivate and enjoy personal relationships is essential to longterm happiness. Without the people you care about you’ll probably be miserable, no matter how successful you become.

5. Work Towards a Dream You’re Passionate About
Even if your life isn’t perfect, you can always build towards a goal you’re passionate about. If you aren’t building towards something, you’re probably stagnating. When this happens to me I start to feel like a victim trapped by my own life. The best way to reverse this is working towards a goal.

We can’t control everything about our lives, but working towards a goal gives us something positive to focus on and lays the foundation for future success. No matter what your passion is, get out there and start doing something . As Lao Tzu said, even a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step.

Bonus: 6. Stay in Shape
You only get one body. Once it’s been ruined there isn’t much you can do about it. Exercise to keep the rust off. Avoid excessive consumption of damaging substances and unhealthy foods. It may feel like terrible self denial at the time but enjoying good health in your later years is worth the sacrifice.

True Story: Every business requires absolute dedication Interview with Rennie Chamasanyan- Repost

Rennie Chamasanyan has been living in London for nearly 14 years. As every beginning is difficult, Rennie’s was not an easy one as well, but she always knew she would succeed. For seven years she worked as a financial director at a TV in London and for four years she has had her own financial firm. Her great passion is construction, but what makes her extremely happy is her family, her husband Hovanes and their one-year old son Georgi.

At the beginning of my new life in England I was working at three places and slept for three or four hours a night to have money to pay my bills and rent. I bought a house almost a year later.

I moved to London and started looking for a job. I lived with my best friend in the centre of London and I started work almost outside London. Every day I travelled for an hour and a half. While everyone was coming from the outskirts to the centre to work, I was doing the opposite … but one morning I was running because I was late and I fell on the street … A bus almost ran me over and stopped just a meter away from me because I crossed on a red light. I was so scared and I decided that this was the last time I do this to myself and decided to quit. I went to the office with torn pants and told them I was done. Then I decided that I would look for a job within walking distance and wouldn’t need to travel any more. And so it happened. After some time I went to an interview at a television and to my great happiness they liked me. I had to walk to the office for just ten minutes!

Work in television was probably the dream of every person with a wish to fulfil themselves. I was financial director for the entire television and the offices abroad. I travelled to Brazil, Ukraine, France. I had assistants, an office, a driver, business trip costs, but above all my word had weight and people respected me a lot. I had many rights and duties, of course. I learned a lot and now this helps me every day. After years I left because I knew and could do everything and only the owners were above me. I didn’t want to limit my development and wanted to use my time in a better way.

Every business mostly requires absolute dedication. It’s not so important how much money you will invest but how much effort and desire you have. Will, ambition … I think these are more important than capital. I started my financial business with an old laptop and the construction business – with a small tape measure.

Accounting business is something that I really feel comfortable with. Our office is not large, but everyone is at a very high level. We have a lawyer who deals with all legal issues and immigration lawyers. My clients have full confidence in me – I have had clients for five years that I’ve never met in person. I try to do everything online and by mail. I respect the laws of England and I think that I advise people in the most efficient manner.

My formula for success is a lot of work, good assessment of the circumstances, screening of situations, risks and especially to be accompanied by someone who inspires you. There is nothing more devastating than being with someone who doesn’t make you happy. This can’t be good for your success, neither personal nor professional. The person beside you is very important … really! This person should make you give the best you are capable of, to be your support when you need it, to make you feel loved, valued and irreplaceable.

By: Julia Jarvis

Inspiring: Having two professions – A Trend or Necessity

Once a good man told me: “It’s never too late to change your professional status, especially when you strive for better results”. People probably get only a few valuable tips in their life, but this is definitely one of them.

Spas Kolaksazov is a student in Slovakia. He chose to pursue his master’s degree in finance, although he has an active practice as a violinist. He manages to combine work and study without these two to interfere. And this is not even the end of his development and aspiration.

I chose to study at university “Matey Bell” in the city of Banska Bystrica, Slovakia, since I had one semester here as an Erasmus student and I liked the atmosphere at the university and the teaching. It’s also pretty cheap here. The annual fee is 30 euros.
Until the beginning of last year I was actively working as an accountant and violinist, and the transition was smooth, but at the moment I’m concentrating on the economy and complement my knowledge in this field.

When you have two professions you have the opportunity to receive income from various sources, thus providing some security, but it is difficult to be equally good in both. Sometimes I miss music. I would like playing music to be my hobby.
When most people hear the word accountant they imagine a boring profession behind a desk. In fact, the work of people dealing with finances can be quite interesting. The company where I work regularly organizes training led by experienced financiers from the management in Zurich, Switzerland. Their work involves a lot of traveling and learning, as well as consulting various plants around the world. The work of the financier is associated with strict deadlines which should be observed.

Accountants are always in demand. Of course, if you want to develop you should not only know accounting, but also information systems, foreign languages, law.

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