In a newsletter I subscribe to, I read (and watched) howthis 16-year-old – Jack Andraka – has made one of the greatest discoveries ofall time.
He was studying pancreatic cancer and how to have a testthat was cheap, easy to administer and detected the cancer in the early stages.
It was by chance that he came up with a solution – in abiology class at school.
Watch this 10 minute video. It will amaze you:
What can we learn from this?
1. He didn’t know this couldn’t be done and found a way.
So often we are held back by our thinking believingsomething cannot be achieved or cannot be done.
Yes it can!
2. When scientists told him it couldn’t be done, hepersisted.
We listen to others tell us something can’t be done and wetake on that belief.
Where are you listening to what others are saying?
If you believe in something, go for it.
3. Persistence pays.
Jack decided to get a laboratory to further his work. Hesent out 200 emails to professors who were interested in pancreatic cancertelling them what he had achieved and what he wanted to do.
199 of those emails were rejected. The 200th wentclose.
Do you give up after the first attempt or do you persistbecause you know it is worthwhile?
If you believe in something enough, keep persisting. Youwill get there.
4. Not even the ‘experts’ know it all.
A 16 year old taking on the leading professors in theirfield – and coming up with the results.
It’s easy to let the ‘experts’ tell us what is right, whatcan be or can’t be done.
And when you have finished watching the video, take a minuteto reflect this is a 16 year old. He is certainly wise beyond his years.