After his family was evicted from their home, he had to drop out of school to support them.
At age 21, he experienced his first failure in business. Then, at age 22, he ran for state legislature, and lost. He also lost his job in the process. So he applied for law school, but got rejected.
At 24, he borrowed some money from a friend to start another business, and within 12 months he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt!
At 26, his first love died, leaving him heartbroken. This also led to a nervous breakdown a year later.
He was defeated when he ran for speaker of his state legislature. He also got rejected when he sought to become the elector.
He ran for Congress at 34, and was defeated again. Then he finally won, but lost his re-election.
He sought the job of land officer in his home state, and got rejected. At 45, he ran for Senate of the United States, and lost.
At 47, he sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention, and got less than 100 votes. He ran for U.S. Senate again at 49, and lost for a second time.
Finally, at 52 years old, he became the 16th President of the United States.
Although he suffered from clinical depression throughout his life, his ability to handle conflict and dance with adversity was unmatched, and scholars now rank Abraham Lincoln as one of the greatest Presidents ever.