What we can learn from Louis Pasteur

Louis Pasteur

Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.

~ Louis Pasteur

Authors note: this was written some 12 months before the COVID-19 challenge. It was timely then and timely now.

Friday night reading – you know I love breakthrough stories.

I knew Louis Pasteur was the father of microbiology and known for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, pasteurization, and the causes and prevention of diseases. I knew his findings have saved many lives. I didn’t realize the sacrifice, the danger, and the obstacles he had to overcome:

  • To find the cure for rabies, he had to endure working with mad dogs and overcome extreme doubt about the first test injection;
  • He was mocked and ridiculed for suggesting hand washing to prevent infection and the spread of disease. It took 19 years before that practice was widely accepted;
  • One of his colleagues died helping stop the spread of cholera in Egypt; he wrote, “he died on the battlefield of science passing through this life with a higher thought to which he sacrificed all else.”

I know most of us aren’t solving such complex problems, yet similar obstacles impact whatever we are trying to accomplish.

What I learned from Louis is:

  • Despite his doubts and fears, he continued to take action
  • Despite the confusion, lack of clarity, he kept moving forward
  • He stepped backed to gain perspective vs. becoming overwhelmed
  • He became resourceful, seeking out the necessary help
  • He distanced himself from any drama
  • He stayed focused on his commitments despite his feelings
  • He developed and refined a growth mindset

My biggest takeaway is:

Take consistent positive action forward despite your fears and doubts.



About the Author
Mark is the Chief Executive Officer of JP & Associates, a rapidly growing full-service real estate brokerage. He is focused primarily on expansion and productivity. He has invested nearly 20 years in understanding the inner workings of high performing real estate agents, teams, managers, and leaders in major markets across the world. In prior assignments, he served as a Business Coach, in progressive leadership capacities for the 5th largest US-based real estate brokerage firm; in sales and customer marketing leadership capacities for a major consumer goods company; and served a stint in the US Army, Medical Service Corp. He was later recalled to active duty during the desert storm campaign.

Mark is a father of 3, lifelong learner, Spartan and adventure athlete. He earned his MBA from California State University and a Behavioral Change Certification from the National Association of Sports Medicine. A number of years ago he decided to make "One Helluva Move" and not play it safe, and since then in his spare time he has climbed the world’s tallest free-standing mountain - Kilimanjaro; completed the Spartan tri-fecta, the LA Marathon and the world-famous Iowa border to border RABGRAI ride among other crazy adventures.