We all need heroes, people who offer us inspiration to move forward in life. Dr. Geoffrey Tabin, pictured above, is a real-life hero. He’s profiled in this month’s National Geographic Adventure magazine for his work with the Himalayan Cataract Project. Most people don’t realize that cataracts are a leading cause of blindness throughout the world and, in some remote locales, blindness equals death. Death caused by stumbling over the edge of a cliff or accidentally stepping in front of a vehicle or simply being unable to farm and forage for food.
For the last several years, Dr. Tabin has been traveling to remote locations to perform cataract surgery, restoring sight to people who haven’t been able to see in years. I had the great pleasure to hear him speak in NYC, along with climber Pete Athans, a few years ago. I remember being awe-struck by Dr. Tabin’s enthusiasm for doing the right thing for people he’d never met before, in countries worlds away from the United States. His current goal is to rid the world of blindness due to cataracts. If anyone can succeed, he will.
The next time you’re down in the dumps, either professionally or creatively, think of Dr. Tabin. He’s definitely an “all-in” type of person, fully committed to his mission. We can all benefit from being a bit more like him ( driven, passionate and willing to risk failure ) even if we are not trying to eradicate blindness. We can apply those traits in our own lives to accomplish great things.
Check out the Project’s website for more information and to make a contribution.