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.