I am reading Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. This study of Abraham Lincoln’s life and career provides a fascinating lesson in leadership and character. This morning the thought crossed my mind: what would Lincoln do in various business and life situations? Here are 10 quotes from the great President to help you decide:
- Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
- Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
- Whatever you are, be a good one.
- Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
- And in the end it is not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.
- Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
- When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.
- We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
- Those who look for the bad in people will surely find it.
- Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.
Originally Posted on May 22, 2014 by John Scranton