“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.” Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its greatest constitutional, military, and moral crisis—the American Civil War—preserving the Union, abolishing slavery, strengthening the national government and modernizing the economy.
This is really a pretty amazing quote. Here you have a president that is battling slavery and trying to bring a country together. Because of Lincoln our nation is not divided.
What did Lincoln mean to never look backward? I want you to think about your life and remember a time when you made a mistake that caused you to potentially stop or go backward. How did you feel? What did you learn? My assumption is that Lincoln has taught us that there is nothing wrong with moving slowly forward, but don’t look back. We work so hard trying to move forward in our careers or our personal lives that we experience weaknesses and short comings. What do we do to move forward? We need to create action. We need to get ourselves off the floor, dust the dirt off our pants and move forward.
A characteristic of a good leader is they understand how to look the good, the bad and the ugly in the face and continue to move forward. It is amazing to me how many people suffer from job loss or hard times only to quit. A good leader cannot afford to quit. It is not in their nature. A good leader has worked too hard to stop. Do leaders take a little longer than others to get up and move forward however a good leader will not stand still for long. Even if they know they might fall again. A good leader is willing to take that chance.