"...an uneducated, poverty-stricken grocery clerk to study some law books he found in the bottom of a barrel of household plunder that he had bought for fifty cents. You have probably heard of this grocery clerk. His name was Lincoln." Carnegie, Dale (2010-08-05). How To Win Friends and Influence People (p. 19). Simon & Schuster. Kindle Edition.
I came across this excerpt while reading and found it very interesting. I was knew that Lincoln studied law and came from a humble background but I guess I didn't realize how it actually came about. Now if a poor grocery clerk can study law and become president surely I can achieve my goals as well. Determination and focus helped him become what he is known in history as.
This reading describes the reason for him doing all this as the need to feel important. I'm not sure if I can entirely agree, sure everyone wants to feel important and needed but there must have been something else at work here. Lincoln must have had an urge to help, to change, to lead. Was he just bored with the grocery store? Did he have some desire to leave the world better than when he came to it? Well I'm not sure but maybe a historian knows but Lincoln is the only one who knows for sure why he did it.
Maybe he just wanted to be a boss...