Keep Dreaming, don’t give up on your dreams. In 1832, he lost his job and was defeated for the Illinois legislature. In 1833, his business failed. In 1836, he had a complete nervous breakdown; they said he was finished. In 1843, he was defeated for Congress. In 1849, They rejected him for a position as the Federal land’s official. In 1854, he was defeated for The U. S. Senate. In 1856, he was defeated for the nomination for Vice President.
But he would not give up, and in 1860 Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th President of the United States and later signed into effect the Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery.
Many years ago a young boy of ten years old was working in a factory in Naples, Italy. His dream was to be a singer, but his first teacher discouraged him. “You can’t sing,” he said. “You haven’t any voice at all. It sounds like the wind in the shutters.” But his mother, a poor peasant woman, took a much different approach. Instead of criticism she praised him and told him she knew he could sing. She was so confident that he could sing that she went barefoot to save money to pay for his music lessons. That peasant mothers praise and encouragement changed the boy’s life. His name was Enrico Caruso. He became the most celebrated opera singer of his day.
In the early nineteenth century, a young man in London aspired to be a writer. But everything was against him. He only went four years to school; his father went to jail for not paying his debts. His first job was pasting labels on bottles. He lived in a rat-infested warehouse, at night he began to write, but every manuscript was rejected. Finally, the day came when one was accepted. After all his misfortune, there was only one person that saw his gift. Today we all know his name, Charles Dickens. Keep Dreaming; others will see your potential and come alongside to help. Keep Dreaming, why? Because dreams tend to come to pass!
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