Abraham Lincoln – The 16th President of the United States is revered as the “Great Liberator” because he inspired and left many profound lessons to help many people liberate themselves.
Lesson #1: Beat your opponents by being friends with them
Abraham Lincoln has a very special way of treating people. Instead of thinking hard about how to eliminate his opponents, he took advantage of their strengths when necessary. He kept many of his opponents by his side and put them in key positions in the cabinet. It was these opponents that helped him maintain his position more firmly.
Lesson learned: Always confronting your opponents is not always good. Finding ways to ally with them, keeping them with you will help you both monitor them, and have more power in handling tasks.
Lesson #2: To be successful requires good preparation
The famous slogan of Abraham Lincoln is: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”. As for the major milestones in his life, Lincoln usually spends a lot of time preparing for them.
Lesson learned: If you want to be successful in your career, right now, take the time to study and accumulate the necessary skills and experience. Similarly, if you want to have lasting relationships, you must build yourself good qualities as well as the ability to behave skillfully at all times, everywhere.
Lesson #3: Be decisive so as not to lose the opportunity
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
We always know that “slowly but surely” is better than “hurriedly” but in some situations, you need to hurry and rush to get to your goal. It’s better if you have the motivation needed to run and make decisions quickly. According to Lincoln, the best things in life come only to those who actively look for it.
Lesson #4: Confidence can do great things
“That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.“
Never underestimate your abilities. The low self-esteem that comes from within you is the fearsome destroyer of talent. Even if there is a “monument” in front of you, it does not mean that you become small, it may be an image of yourself later.
Lesson #5: Always keep things brief
Abraham Lincoln has many famous speeches in history, the common point of which is very short and concise but creates a good effect on the listener.
Lesson learned: When giving a presentation or in the communication process, you should avoid roundabouts but go straight to the main issue. That saves time while also bringing comfort to the listener.
Lesson #6: Look on the bright side
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.“
There is a very strange thing that happens to most people. That is when something bad happens, it only takes a few seconds to list all the bad things, but it takes hours or even days to find a bright spot. Sometimes, the situation becomes tragic not because of its true nature, but because the pessimistic attitude has made you dark-faced, unable to think at all.
Lesson #7: Stay optimistic in life
Abraham Lincoln was not a lucky man. He was born into a poor and unhappy family, even his path to becoming president was arduous and full of failures. But not because of that, he lost his faith in life, thanks to that belief, after a series of failures he finally achieved success.
Lesson learned: Your life is sometimes full of difficulties and challenges, but try to have a positive outlook on yourself and life. Whether you are happy or not depends on your perspective, as Abraham Lincoln once said: “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses“.
Lesson #8: Live a meaningful life
“And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln did not live long, but every moment of his existence in the world had a certain impact on the destiny of America, which was the meaningful life he lived.
Lesson learned: Live to the fullest the days you live. Find your passion, dream and pursue it so that in the future you will never have to regret the moments in your life that have passed.