John Craig Turns His Worst Times Into An Inspiration

Every man has the potential to influence his generation

Welcome to the Be an Inspiration Series, where I challenge you with real life stories of achievers and communities that are presently changing the world. Reading these stories will make you realize that you are an inspiration. Spread the message to others and light their candle.

Ever thought of life as a horror and don’t want to have anything to do with it anymore. All your treasured memories is how much you have failed all your life. 

Nothing you have ever done has turned out right, it seems as if you were born a loser; an example to all those who dislike failure . You have tried everything to be intentional and all you ever experienced is failure upon failure. All this pain has got to end.

Such was the thought of John Craig as he swam into South China Sea making up his mind never to swim back.

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John Criag was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Elizabeth and John Venter. He never took his education seriously and was termed a C and D grader as he was terrible in his studies. He however graduated from Mills High School in Millbrae, California.

During the Tiet offensive in 1968, against his ordeals, he was enlisted in the United States Navy where he worked in the intensive-care ward of a field hospital. He had watched as men had lost their lives in the Vietnam war but what was was most frustrating was that no matter how hard he tried, he could not save the lives of hundreds of men from dying.

So frustrated with life and the horrors of the war, John began his journey to the South Ocean Sea to end his life and to live this scary world but as he got closer to the deep blue sea and was approaching the circling of a shark, he began to remember the pathetic condition of the injured and dying marines. Suddenly, John realized that he couldn’t  just allow the shark to end his life this way, there was so much that needed to be done. So he swam back being a champion swimmer.

it was at that moment that John realized that he wanted his life to mean something; he wanted to make a difference.

So with purity and great energy, bearing in the mind the experience with the wounded, maimed and dying, John studied medicine and went to a Community College (College of San Mateo’ in California) . He later transferred to the University of California, San Diego, where he studied under a biochemist and received his BS in biochemistry in 1972  with a PhD in physiology and pharmacology in 1975 from the very same University.

John Criag would become the very first to sequence the human genome and to transfect a cell with a synthetic genome. He also founded Celera Genomics, The Institute for Genomic Research and the J. Craig Venter Institute and works to create synthetic biological organisms.

John was later listed on Time magazine’s 2007 and 2008 Time as one of the 100 list of the most influential people in the world. In 2010, the British magazine New Statesman listed John Craig as the  14th in the list of “The World’s 50 Most Influential Figures 2010”. He is presently a member of the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s Advisory Board.

 What About You

Your Worst Times Can Become Your Best Times

 “Even your worst times have value and can become, in retrospect, your best times.”– Andy Andrews, The Noticer

You might be in pain and your heart is hurting; wanting to rupture because your whole life is at the lowest. No one understands what you face each day and you have to give up your connections and relationships just to ease the thorn in your life. So how then can your worst times become your best times?

John shows that the journey to such goal might be difficult and the process very daunting but it starts with a commitment and a dogged mindset. You can’t control circumstances and problems in your life but you can decide to control the outcome. 

Turn Your Worst Times into Better Opportunities

John saw the circumstances that caused him pain and stress with a different lens.  The moment he saw things differently about what had happened in his life, the transformation that occurred changed his life forever and he went to extraordinary heights.

You can turn your worst times to opportunities. You can make a difference in your life. You can change your sad stories into an inspiration. You only have to see your worst times with a different lens and when you do you will discover that you are an inspiration who has an amazing set of unique gifts and is an amazing creation that can make a difference in this world. 

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4 thoughts on “John Craig Turns His Worst Times Into An Inspiration”

  1. Hi Ikechi,
    This is a very inspirational story, the dunb head fainally became in the list of the first 20 globally.

    Every person can learn from that, we don’t know what tomorrow can bring, so I think at that time when it’s as if we have failed, we ought to take a step ahead just as John had done.

    Thanks for sharing, and do have a wonderful day ahead

    1. Hi Larry

      Thanks for thoughtful comment. You are most certainly right that John’s story is inspirational. He was able to turn his failures into a great success. Thanks for your awesome insight.

      Have a wonderful week.

  2. Wow Ikechi,

    That is definitely an inspirational story. I can’t even imagine having to watch people die right before your very eyes knowing you can’t do anything to save them. I can see where depression might seep in and really tear at your soul.

    I guess we are all thankful that John had a change of heart before he let the sharks get him and look at his accomplishments now. Talk about motivation to do better and help others. To be listed as one of the most influential people, that’s more than impressive. But what he’s achieved is even greater.

    I do know that good can come from bad. Anything bad that does happen of course is never welcomed but just like in John’s case do you think he would be where he is today had that not happened? I would probably think not, he wouldn’t have been as motivated to make a difference. Yep, good can come from bad.

    Thank you for sharing this with us Ikechi, great share.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Hi Adrienne

      I am thrilled by your insight and thank you for the kind words’

      You are right about John; If he had decided to end his life, he would never have made a difference in the world. I agree that good can come from bad if only we can recognize it. If only we can see that it is not our circumstances and challenges that define us but it is how we respond to them.

      John decided that to end his life being killed by a shark wasn’t his best and decided to make good of his life. Thanks for a wonderful insight. Have a wonderful weekend.

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