Some of the most successful people in history faced unbelievable failure. Their ideas were shot down, they were told they would never succeed. But they never gave up on their dreams.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham LincolnBorn in a log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky, Lincoln grew up in a family with very little in the way of financial means. His mother died when he was just 9 years old.  Although he may have struggled in his childhood, his adult life included tragedy as well. He met and became romantically involved with Anne Rutledge. Before they had a chance to be engaged, a wave of typhoid fever came over New Salem and Anne died at age 22. Some historians state that he became quite depressed.

He eventually met and married a woman named Mary Todd. Together they had four children, only one of whom lived to adulthood.

In his professional life, Abraham faced trials as well. His was defeated in eight different elections.

However, he persisted and succeeded in becoming the 16th, and one of the most respected, presidents of the United States.

Because he did not give up or turn back, even when he was defeated, he changed the lives of millions of people and the course of history.