At age 23, he borrowed money to open a small general store.
The economy was strong in the region so repayment of the debt was expected.
However, by the next year, the store closed due to the owner’s inexperience in a down market.
To earn a living to pay overdue bills, the young entrepreneur joined the military.
In his spare time, he developed his speaking skills to pursue a career in local politics.
In his first election, he then lost in his bid for the General Assembly.
To make ends meet, he then secured a job as the local postmaster.
In his free time, he read books nonstop and taught himself law.
In a second campaign for local office two years later, he won.
Ten years later, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
After one term in the House, he ran for Senate.
And then he ran again.
The politician didn’t quit.
He figured out what he had to do to better.
And he did so.
One day at a time.
Two years later, the gifted speaker and debater received his party’s nomination for President of the entire country.
And then he won the general election.
On March 4, he the took oath as the sixteenth President of the United States.
The year was 1861.
And his name was Abraham Lincoln.
How to Become a Leader
People like you become leaders because they practice good habits.
But leadership habits don’t happen over night.
In fact, habits in general take 68 days to form.
(In this previous article, I share the history behind the marketing myth that habits take 21 days)
Abraham Lincoln lived by this example.
Practice means learning.
And practice means failure at times.
But for those who get back up again, they grow into leaders.
So how do you develop a leadership habit?
One day at a time.
Consider what Abraham Lincoln said:
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