On this day in 1922 archaeologist Howard Carter and his patron Lord Carnarvon became the first people in more than 3,000 years to enter the tomb of Egypt’s child pharaoh, Tutankhamun otherwise known as King Tut.
This is an interesting story on Thanksgiving, because this is a story which nearly did not happen.
First, all of the experts in archaeology declared that all of the Egyptian pharaohs had been found.
Second, Lord Carnarvon had just announced that he was cutting off funding for Howard Carter.
But Carter was certain that all the tombs had not been found and was certain he was on the right track. Skipping the rest of the history bits that I find so fascinating, Carter and Carnarvon entered Tutankhamun’s tune and history was made…or history was found…
History was made by finding it?
Howard Carter could have quit so many times earlier. The experts had already declared that what he was doing was a waste of time. His sponsor had given up on him too. Why go on? Because he had a burning desire and a passion to see his vision through.
When looking at the stories behind personal successes, businesses, singers, bands, artists and the like, there’s a frequently occurring theme of nearly giving up and then experiencing a breakthrough.
I’m thankful for the many stories, like these, which I have read and keep me inspired through the times when I’ve felt like giving up.
I’m thankful for each day as an opportunity to do something to move the peg up on the board. The way my brain works, I see things in terms of end-games so incremental moves drive me nuts. I want it all done now! But I know that isn’t how it works. All those steps create a snowball effect and that’s where results come from.
I’m thankful for the support of friends and the ire of enemies. Seriously, I know there are people out there who don’t like me. Sometimes their comments (which they think tear me down) just serve as validation that I’m doing right. Joke’s on them.
With 2010 on deck, it’s time for breakthroughs.
How about you? What are you thankful for?