In the spring of 1871, a young man picked up a book and read twenty-one words that had a deep effect on his future.
He was a medical student at the Montreal General Hospital, and was worried about passing the final examination. He was also worried about what to do in the future, how to build up a medical practice, and how to make a living.
These twenty-one words helped him to become the most famous physician of his generation. That’s not all. He organized the world-famous John Hopkins School of Medicine.
He was knighted by the King of England. When he died, two huge volumes containing almost 1,500 pages were required to tell the story of his life.
This man was Sir William Osler, and the twenty-one words that helped him live a life free from worry were – “Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”