Article: Never Quit | Duglas Joseph
The famous words of Vince Lombardi “Winners never quit and quitters never win” inspired millions around the world . The victory is for one who fights till the end. Unfavourable circumstances never demoralize them. Failures are not an issue unless you continue your effort to achieve your goal.
In History lessons, I came across numerous personalities who attained great accomplishments in life. Among them the most inspiring one was the life of Abraham Lincoln. His life resembles the story of Phoenix, a long-lived bird in Greek mythology who obtains new life by arising from the ashes. His life was a saga of courage, self – confidence, perseverance and never gives up attitude. He tasted setbacks and failures right from his birth, till he became the President of United States of America.
Born in to poverty, Lincoln was faced defeat throughout his life. His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them. He lost eight elections. He lost his job and wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in. Later he 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. In 1835 he was engaged to be married but the premature and untimely death of sweetheart made him heartbroken. He suffered nervous breakdown. In 1849 in a desperate attempt, Lincoln applied the job of land officer in his home state and was rejected. In 1856, he sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention and got less than 100 votes. But continuous failures didn’t affect his self -esteem. He could have quit many times – but he didn’t and because he didn’t quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of United States of America.
Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up. The famous words of Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences is testifying the life of Abraham Lincoln. ‘Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained’’.