Many years ago in England, a small boy grew up speaking with a lisp. He was never a scholar in school. And, when war broke out involving his nation, he was rejected from service, told that ‘we needed men‘.
He once rose to address the House of Commons and all present walked out of the room. In fact, he often spoke to empty chairs and echoes. But…one day, he became prime minister of Great Britain and with stirring speeches and bold decisions, he led his nation to victory. His name was Sir Winston Churchill.
Many years ago in Illinois, a man with only a few years of formal education failed in business in 1831, was defeated in a run for the state legislature in 1832, again failed in business in 1833, was elected in the legislature in 1834 but defeated for speaker in 1838.
He was defeated for elector in 1840, defeated for Congress in 1843, elected to Congress in 1846 but defeated in 1848. He was defeated for Senate in 1855, defeated for the Vice-Presidential nomination in 1856, and defeated for the Senate in 1858. But, in 1860, he was elected president. His name was Abraham Lincoln.
No one is defeated until he gives up trying.