The Costs of Being Leader Can Sometimes Overwhelm: Abe Lincoln

• The Costs of Being Leader Can Sometimes Overwhelm: Lincoln’s health was severely impacted by the war. The stress of the office, the most labour intensive job in the world, had severally inspired him but also severely tired him out. The success of the war was a massive relief on the country and the man. He claims that public life is difficult and full of carping envy and malignant criticism. Most presidential candidates live shortened lives relative to life expectancy. This is despite having the best doctors in the country. The emotional pain can be unbearable for most people that is why running for the presidency is so incredibly difficult. If you’re a budding politician who want fame and fortune, quit and form a rock band. Public service is extremely taxing on individuals. They all tend to be Alpha people, who tend to be both hyper-ambitious and full of anger, pain, suffering which drives them to the heights of high office. The cost was abundantly clear in Lincoln’s case when – on April 14th, 1865 – he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at the Ford’s Theater in Washington DC.

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