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10 Great Lessons From Abraham Lincoln

10 Great Lessons From Abraham Lincoln



10 Great Lessons From Abraham Lincoln

10 Great Lessons From Abraham Lincoln



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    • 10
      Abraham Lincoln
    • “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”
    • Abraham Lincoln was the president who introduced and worked on measures to free the slaves and led the country through the Civil War. A war that had just ended when Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in Ford’s Theatre. Well, here are 10 powerful and timeless fundamentals. I hope you’ll find something helpful :
    • Lesson 1 : See the positive in people.
      You need to keep your focus steadily on what you want to find. Don’t let it waver just because you are in a “negative” situation or someone just said/did something “negative”. If your focus gets scattered, try to get it back into a more useful place as quickly as you can. If we expect other people to help us and treat us well then they are more likely to do so than if we are negative and expect to be treated poorly.
    • “The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.”
    • Lesson 2 : Be honest.
      Being honest will for several reasons work better in the long run. Of course, you don’t have to go out of your way to be honest and hurt people though. You can just as well choose to be silent if you like.  If you remove these walls of insulation then the people or you are interacting with are likely to reciprocate. And so your relationships can improve and are less likely to be damaged by miscommunication.
    • “No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.”
    • Lesson 3 : Unite.
      When you realize and remember this it enables you to control the thoughts and feelings instead of the other way around. It enables you to not take your thoughts too seriously and actually laugh at them
      or ignore them when you feel that your ego is acting out. When you are not being so identified these things you become more inclined to include things, thoughts and people instead of excluding them.
    • “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
    • Lesson 4 : Create a friend where there is none.
      But if you get to know someone better you can often find out quite a few positive and interesting things about them. People are often more intriguing than your first impression of them. Now, how can you make him/her your friend? One suggestion would be to start looking for the positive in the person. Then to take the first step and give some kind of value – like help for instance – to that person.
    • “I don’t like that man. I must get to know him better.”
    • Lesson 5 : Believe in and go after your own success.
      If you think you can succeed then you can. Your belief in your own ability to succeed is essential and does not only motivate you to keep going. Remind yourself to keep your focus on what you want to make solutions and people who can help you “pop up” out of all those things and pieces of information that is the background noise of your world.
    • “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.”
    • Lesson 6 : Persist.
      If the success you are looking for won’t come that quickly, then you have to persist. Persistence is one of the most useful qualities one can have. Not only because you will still be out there in a less competitive playing field as lot other people have given up and gone home. Developing patience and being persistent will enable you to get what you want. It may just take a little longer than had hoped for.
    • “Hold on with a
      bulldog grip, and
      chew and choke as
      much as possible.”
    • Lesson 7 : Sharpen your ax.
      Success is not just about doing hard work. It’s also about sharpening your ax at regular intervals and learning new and better ways to take down the trees in your life. And it’s about remembering what trees you want to take down rather than just any tree. However, you don’t want to get stuck in this stage and never take action. As with all things, you have to find a balance by experimenting.
    • “If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six hours sharpening my ax.”
    • Lesson 8 : Take a responsibility for your own life.
      It can be hard to break out of the comfort zone of having other people taking responsibility for us. But if you don’t then you will be trapped by other people’s standards, expectations and limitations. You have to set your own rules for your life. A bit scary. But also liberating.
    • “You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.”
    • Lesson 8 : Happiness is optional.
      You can choose to not feel insulted when someone says something. You can choose to see the positive in people. And you can choose how happy you will be. Pain is inevitable in life. But how you choose to process or think about things – and if you let them get stuck in your mind or not – is up to you. Suffering is therefore to a large extent optional. And so is happiness.
    • “Most folks are about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
    • Lesson 10 : Live your life fully.
      This one is just beautiful. And I don’t really have much to add. But it might be useful to remind yourself of this saying regularly. Maybe when you feel like you are veering off track. Or when heading into things like small-mindedness, laziness or complacency. Perhaps you want to write it down and put it in a highly visible place so you don’t forget about it.
    • “In the end, it’s not the years in
      your life that count. It’s the life
      in your years.”
    • “Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where
      I thought a flower would grow.”
      Thank You Very Much