4. Aug, 2021

Stocktake your Strengths

Don't reserve a plot for weeds in your garden. “Don't you tell me what you think that I could be. I'm the one at the sail, I'm the master of my sea, oh ooh. The master of my sea” (Imagine Dragon, 2017). I believe. that I can.

Just by believing in yourself, you can achieve anything you put your mind to. A lot of people defeat themselves before they have even got started. Consider a time where you were sitting on the lounge, you had many hours in front of you, but then you considered what you were wanting to do and then stopped yourself. You realised that to get to this place would take some time, then once you are there you have to rush to do it followed by then leaving and getting to a set appointment after that. My example: I wanted to play Golf, but I realised I didn’t have any of my mates to go with. I would only be able to spend one hour there and then go and pick up my daughter. I defeated the idea before I even started.

But I tested that notion, the next time I challenged myself, I jumped straight up, I had already done the math last time and got moving. I had a blast and now want to do it more often, it actually makes me want to do it more often because I don’t have free reign, I am on a timeline. There is nothing wrong with that, a taste of something generally leaves you wanting more. In the prior situation I would have spent 30 minutes contemplating and looking at the problems of wanting to do what I did (or wanted to do in the first instance). We spend a lot of time looking at why something won’t work and don’t spend enough time on doing the thing, and seeing why it did work.

Do you believe that you can? The difference between knowing you can and knowing you cannot is you. You can decide what is achievable and what isn’t.

Do you think it is likely for one person to save 500 million lives? What about a natural disease that traces potentially back to 10,000 BC in North East Africa. Spreading to India via Egyptian merchants. From there onwards there are records across Egypt and India (The mummification of the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses V (1,156 BC) shows signs of the disease. That disease is known as the Smallpox, the fatality rate in populations (from what data was captured) was 14% of the population (not of who had contracted the disease).

In 1796 AD the vaccine was discovered, although it would take many years for it to be widely adopted and presented as a legitimate solution to the problem. As the results were seen to be effective, it spread across the globe. The vaccine was found by observing dairy farmers, who had previously caught cow pox (The Latin word for cow is vacca, and cowpox is vaccinia; it was decided to call the process a vaccination – applied to Smallpox and future disease prevention). The dairy farmers weren’t being effected, an overheard conversation of a dairy farmer saying that he had Cowpox so he won’t get Smallpox in the 1750’s was a concept that came back to play many years later.

In 1796 AD the use of fresh Cowpox lesions on a newly affected person (Sarah Nelms) was used on an 8-year old boy (James Phipps). The boy was sick for a couple of weeks, future lesions were administered, and then, the boy was vaccinated. An idea in the 1750’s AD, implemented in 1796 AD, being more than 30 years apart from start of concept to near end of concept. And being approximately 10,000 years from the first records of the disease, to then curing it is an unbelievable comparison.

Edward Jenner, born 1749 AD became the saviour of over 500 million lives on our planet. Something that people in the 1700’s had said that this was the way of the world, that it had been around since anyone on the planet had been alive and curing it seemed to be a fallacy. There was much criticism of Mr Jenner and his ability to do anything about this disease.

What seemed impossible became a reality. To also point out that Mr Jenner had also given away all of his research at no cost and was only trying to help the world heal is unbelievable. Yet it happened, and with all the criticism he suffered when starting the process, and even after vaccinating (or allowing the vaccination through his work) a large portion of the world, he was still touted as a liar, as someone who was making things up.

Much scepticism is within our society, now and then, because what has always been, can be seen as what will always be.