Don’t bother about genius. Don’t worry about being clever. Trust to hard work, perseverance, and determination. And the best motto for a long march is: ‘Don’t grumble. Plug on!’
—Sir Frederick Treves (Public domain)
…Sir Frederick Treves (pron “trevs”) was a prominent British surgeon of the Victorian era. He is credited with saving the live of King Edward VII in 1902 (radical—at the time—appendix surgery), and is known for his friendship with Joseph Merrick (the “Elephant Man”).
The courage it took for Dr. Treves to undertake a radical surgery on the man about to be crowned king of England cannot be overstated. The operation could have easily failed, killing the ruler. Likewise, had he chosen another path, Edward would have almost certainly died.
Too often we wait for the most “opportune” moment to do something, but more often than not opportunity shows itself when we don’t feel prepared. We must act anyway. Don’t worry about perfection; don’t worry about failing; just ACT. When we are able to see the big picture that is our life, we will realize that this course of action moved us forward—regardless of the specific outcome.