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Standing on the Shoulder of Giants

Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, alchemist, inventor, Christian theologian and natural philosopher. He is regarded as the most influential scientist in history and is most famous for discovering the Laws of Gravity. Newton’s work in physics was so advanced that he was the first scientist to be knighted, which is a great honor in England and the reason “Sir” precedes his name.

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

Newton’s revolutionary discoveries

Here are some of the things Newton discovered:

  • The laws of gravity.
  • The three laws of motion which form the basic principles of modern physics.
  • Calculus. His discovery of calculus led the way to more powerful methods of solving mathematical problems.
  • The color spectrum. His work in optics included the study of white light and the discovery of the color spectrum.
  • The binomial theorem

Newton’s contribution to the world as we have it today is huge. It’s difficult to find another human being whose contribution to life as we know it has been more influential.

How Newton did it

Here is something Newton said to explain his success:

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Sir Isaac Newton

How we too can do it

Regardless of what we do in life, our success depends on standing on the shoulders of giants. To be better parents, leaders, scientists, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and farmers we must stand on the shoulders of giants. One is too small a number to achieve significance. We cannot achieve much by relying on ourselves alone.


Question: Whose shoulder’s are you standing on? Who are the giants whose shoulders are helping you see further? Take some time and appreciate them. Pray for them if they are still alive. Speak well of them and remember them. Share your answers in the comment section below and others would benefit from reading them.

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  11. Recognizing and appreciating those who have allowed me to stand on their shoulders is something I need to do more often. Also praying for them often if not daily. Thank you for this great reminder to be thankful and show gratitude.

  12. I have a number of supporters who have boosted me up on their shoulder and have allowed me to see farther than I ever could have before!
    My parents have encouraged me as pushed me forward whenever difficult situations came my way; reassuring me that God has big plans for me and doing all they could to support.
    A number of friends and family members have poured into me with financial support during my mission trips, spiritual guidance, and godly wisdom. Without them, I may never have started this amazing journey.
    And through blogs like this, besides regular mentoring, Dr. Acha gives me thought provoking advice and a high level of challenge all while supporting me, equipping me, and earnestly desiring me to go farther and do better than he ever could.
    I appreciate all the giants who have boosted me up and propelled forward my meager attempts .

  13. It is true. We cannot be successful without the help of others. I was raised in a children’s. My upkeep and education was catered for by Dutch nationals whom I never knew or met. Today am a high school teacher in Kenya, I have a family of my own and a loving husband.
    More to that I and my husband has a program of assisting needy children with basic needs and when funds are available we chip in with their schooling needs.
    If it were not for my sponsors’ generosity and selflessness, I could not be where I am today.
    God bless them.

    • Hello Joyce,
      Thank you so much for sharing what God is doing in your life and what He is able to do through your families generosity and obedience. I pray that God continues to bless you and your family as you are being a blessing to others!