Abraham Lincoln is known for his story telling.
According to his friends, Lincoln usually began all of his stories by saying, “That reminds me of a story…” And, once he started talking everyone would move in real close, so they could hear what “Old Abe” had to say.
While Lincoln’s stories, more often than not, made people laugh, they almost always had a point to them.
The stories were Lincoln’s way of making it easy for people to understand what he was saying. Yes. He could have just said what he wanted to say, but Lincoln knew that most people quickly forget what they’re told.
Stories have a way of sticking with you, and driving the point home.
Over the past year, I have taken the time to read hundreds of Lincoln’s stories, sayings, and quotes from his letters, and what really stands out to me, is his deep understanding of people. Many of his stories ring just as true today, as they did when he first told them over 150 years ago.
For business leaders, they also possess some valuable insight on how to manage your business, your employees, and your personal relationships with friends and family.
What I have done for this audiobook is to pick out 25 of my favorite Lincoln stories and sayings, and present them along with examples of how they can help you solve your everyday business problems.
My suggestion is to listen through all of them. Then listen to one a day, until you can master the knowledge they teach.
At the end of the audiobook, after the stories, you will find a short review of the situation Lincoln found himself in when he became President, and about how he managed his soldiers, and his generals.
With all of the violence and destruction going on around him, Lincoln never once lost his temper with any of his charges. Instead he took time to learn how he could help them, and used his stories to help share his wisdom.
I'm a big fan of Lincoln. It's was a good and delightful book. The Voice is an excellent voice for doing Lincoln quotes. My only hesitation is that perhaps Abraham Lincoln is not the perfect business management metaphor for today. Given that, the lessons here are all exceptionally valuable for life which happens to include business.