Do you have the tenacity of Abe Lincoln?

 por Matt Hulett, StartUp Whisperer

When my fellow entrepreneurs opine to me that starting a business is hard, I certainly agree but I also know that its some of the most rewarding work one will do.  The one thing that really defines success for entrepreneurs is tenacity.  Sure, you need a talented team, a great idea, and some luck. 

We all know the stories of the young wunderkind that hits on that great idea, lands on the cover of Fortune and amasses huge sums of money.  The reality is that it takes time and most of us entrepreneurs spend many years building real businesses.  The "quick" flips that you hear Joe Startup talk about at industry parties certainly happen but are not the way to build a real business (especially when quick flips don’t happen that often or that fast). 

You’ve got to be tenacious about your companies vision and goal.  Whenever, I have had a tough day I think about Abraham Lincoln.  Man, you’d have to be tough to run this marathon of failures and/or absolutely believe that you are on the right track.  Check this out:

Failed in business – 1831

Lost election for legislature – 1832

Failed again in business – 1834

Sweetheart died – 1835

Nervous breakdown – 1836

Lost second political race – 1838

Defeated for Congress – 1843

Defeated for congress – 1846

Defeated for congress – 1848

Defeated for US Senate – 1855

Defeated for vice President – 1856

Defeated for US Senate – 1858

Elected President – 1860

So, the next time you feel like you are having a tough time.  Just look at the career timeline of

Honest Abe. 

Licenciado e Mestre em Gestão de Empresas. Presidente da Gesbanha, S.A., especialista em capital de risco e empreendedorismo, investidor particular ("business angels") e Presidente da FNABA (Federação Nacional de Associações de Business Angels). Director da EBAN e da WBAA

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