“The best way to predict the future is to create it”…… Abraham Lincoln.
I do read biographies a lot, biographies of great people and from there comes my inspiration. One of these great people that inspires me is the man who goes by the nickname, ‘Honest Abe’. A man considered to be one of America’s greatest heroes. I’m talking of no other person than Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States.
His was a typical story of rising from grass to grace. Born in a log cabin to parents who were from undistinguished families, his father worked as a farmer, cabinet maker and carpenter. His mother died when he was just 10 years old, lost his only sister when he was twenty and also lost three out of his four children later in life. He didn’t go to school and was only able to receive formal education for an estimated total of eighteen months while growing into manhood. Lincoln was an avid reader and was mostly self educated. He loved reading so much that he would walk for miles just to borrow a book. He, at a young age started making a living on his own doing manual labor like splitting wood for fire and rail fencing. He also worked as a shopkeeper, post master and later a general store owner.
Lincoln decided to become a lawyer and taught himself Law by reading William Blackstone’s commentaries on the laws of England. He was admitted to bar in 1837. He contested and won the election to the Illinois House of Rep in 1834, elected as a member of the US House of Rep in 1847 and went ahead to become the 16th president of the United States on the 4th of March, 1861.
Lincoln was known to strongly oppose slavery. He issued Emancipation Proclamation which states the freedom of slaves on September 22, 1862 and which was put into effect on January 1, 1863. He led the US through the civil war which is known as its bloodiest. Sadly,he was assassinated while serving his second term as the president in April, 1865.
Lincoln obviously followed his own quote and created his future through hardwork and perseverance. He rose against all obstacles and went from being a manual laborer with no formal education to an eloquent orator, a lawyer, a member of the US house of Rep and the president of the United States!
Who says your present has to determine your future? Keep working at it and one day, you’ll get there. Remain inspired!