Don't Let Doubt Stop You
The Eiffel Tower is a stunning architectural masterpiece completed in 1889 by Gustave Eiffel and designed by Maurice Koechlin and Emile Nouguier. The tower stands 1050 feet tall, the equivalent of 81 floors, and was the tallest structure in the world from 1889-1930 when it was surpassed by the Chrysler Building in New York.
Two significant events of the history of the Eiffel Tower stand out to me because of the high criticism that arose from the tower. First, when construction began in 1887, the tower was highly criticized by some of France’s top artists and intellectuals for its design. However, Eiffel did not let the doubters halt his mission and continued building the tower that took two years to build with 300 workers and 18,000 pieces of wrought iron. Second, in 1909, the tower was planned to be demolished as it was originally built as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Tour but was repurposed to be used as a radio antenna.
Now, the Eiffel Tower is the most visited paid monument in the world with about seven million visitors annually. It is a global cultural icon for France and well-known around the world.
This story strikes me because often times we don’t see or appreciate the journey that people or tower’s take to make it to their significance. In today’s society, it can be easy to let self-doubt, comparison or other exterior doubts cripple us from reaching our full potential. I just wanted to take this story to highlight the ‘Trust the Process’ mindset… diamonds aren’t formed overnight.
Whether the doubt is from our inner voice in our head or someone in our life, let’s encourage each other to push past it to reach our full potential and live our best lives. God has a plan for each of us and we can’t let the devil creep in to take us off track. Keep working hard, the sky (or 81 floors in this case) is the limit.