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          What we can learn from Louis Pasteur

          What we can learn from Louis Pasteur

          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 discoveries have saved many lives. I didn’t know 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 our obstacles have the same impact on 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: it is vital you take consistent action in spite of your fears and doubts.


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