24 November 2010
The Origin of a Champion
Take a look at this series of unpleasant events from a notable leader of history:
* 1816: His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
* 1818: His mother died.
* 1831: Failed in business.
* 1832: Ran for state legislature - lost.
* 1832: Also lost his job - wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
* 1833: 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.
* 1834: Ran for state legislature again - won.
* 1835: Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
* 1836: Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
* 1838: Sought to become speaker of the state legislature - defeated.
* 1840: Sought to become elector - defeated.
* 1843: Ran for Congress - lost.
* 1846: Ran for Congress again - this time he won - went to Washington and did a good job.
* 1848: Ran for re-election to Congress - lost.
* 1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state - rejected.
* 1854: Ran for Senate of the United States - lost.
* 1856: Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention - got less than 100 votes.
* 1858: Ran for U.S. Senate again - again he lost.
The name of the champion? Abraham Lincoln. He was elected president of the United States in 1860.
No one has ever won a title without experiencing defeat. Pain has its specific function to prune a person and extract the patience and determination. Difficulty is commissioned to strengthen our will to win and fight for the victory. These help us understand that the origin of a champion is failure. By this, a champion doesn't need to boast of his triumph. The real champion recognizes, in humility, the intensive training of life, which is defeat. After all, you can't see a champion giving up. Once knocked down, he rises again.
Please remember, our destiny is not defeat. We just have to be fitted in our greatest life purpose. That's why gold needs to be tested and purified in fire. It's inevitable but fulfilling in the end.