Don’t Let Life’s Setbacks Keep You Down Drawing Inspiration From Our 16th President Notes From the Field FieldLawPC.com 818-369-7900
moments in their lives, but it is so essential not to let your dreams die. Never back down, just as Lincoln refused to let the hardships in his life hold him back. Hold on to what matters most in life, and with confidence, you can see your dreams become a reality, just like I have. Over 20 years ago, my life was a little rough and tumble. Not only was I going through several financial setbacks, but I also had three young children and was in the middle of a divorce. Life was basically a disaster. My focus at that time was putting all my efforts into my kids and navigating and managing the emotional turmoil we were all experiencing. I knew I had to make sure that when we came out on the other side of this difficult time, we had a bright future in front of us. Soon after that, I decided to pursue those dreams that were in my heart. I began by going back to law school to become a lawyer. As I worked toward that goal, I also focused on another one of my dreams: to replace a family heirloom we lost, the Miller Family Farm. In the early 2000s, that’s exactly what my family and I did. We now have a beautiful cabin in Utah, and it’s a source of great joy for us and many others. My family visits there as often as we can, and we’re working toward completing our barn. I know it will be in our family for many generations to come. Throughout my life, I’ve had many hard moments, but it’s been remarkable to have lived through them. Despite the hardships, I never forgot the good times and have cherished each and every one.
If you could meet one historical figure, who would you choose? For me, that’s an easy question. I’ve always been a huge fan of Abraham Lincoln, even as a kid. A few years ago, my mom found a report I gave on him in the fifth grade tucked away in a plastic folder. Last October, I even had the chance to visit Washington D.C. and see the Lincoln Memorial — it was an amazing experience. To me, Lincoln has been a source of constant inspiration because of what he did for this country and its people. I think he understood what the founders were trying to accomplish more than they did. He knew the significance of freedom, pursuing dreams, and creating opportunities that impact people even today. Throughout his life, Lincoln never lost confidence in the principles of what the U.S. stands for, and he always believed our country would prevail. He knew that what he envisioned for our country would be a reality. But while many people remember him as the successful president he became, Lincoln had a hard life. I have two posters of Lincoln (one sits in my office and the other at home) that list his failures, defeats, and hardships. “He failed in business in ‘31. He was defeated for state legislator in ‘32. He tried another business in ‘33. It failed. His fiancee died in ‘35. He had a nervous breakdown in ‘36.” It goes on and on. Yet, at the very end, it states, “Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th president of the U.S.” However, no matter what he faced or how difficult his life was, Lincoln held on to his dreams. Everyone will go through challenging
Today, I’m married to a wonderful woman. We adopted two young children from the Los Angeles foster care system, and we have three amazing adult children with their spouses, along with seven grandchildren. Now, we’re embarking on new and exciting adventures every day. I’m a successful lawyer and financial coach, and I own a piece of amazing property that my family cherishes. No matter how hard life gets, with enough perseverance, confidence, and faith, you can accomplish your goals and see your dreams come true.
“Everyone will go through challenging moments in their lives, but it is so essential not to let your dreams die.”
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