Monday, June 09, 2008

Best-Ever Entrepreneurship Quotes, Part 88

Here’s the newest entry in our ongoing series of motivational quotes, personally selected to get your week off to an entrepreneurial start.

Today, a bugle call for entrepreneurs everywhere:

“He who does something at the head of one regiment will eclipse him who does nothing at the head of a hundred.”

Abraham Lincoln

(Little-known fact: Lincoln was an unsuccessful storekeeper in New Salem, Ill., before he became America's greatest president. You see, being an entrepreneur is tougher than most people think.)

Apropos of our previous post, about dealing with No’s, Lincoln lost more elections than he won. Even as he awaited the result of his first race for a seat in the Illinois legislature in 1832, Lincoln wrote: "If the good people in their wisdom shall see fit to keep me in the background, I have been too familiar with disappointment to be much chagrined." Persistence paid off when he won his first election two years later. At the age of 25.

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