William Carey is called the “father of modern missions.” Despite only an elementary school education, he could read the Bible in six languages by the time he was a teen. He became Professor of Oriental Languages at Fort William College in Calcutta, and his press provided Scriptures in over 40 languages and dialects for over 300 million people.
Carey once explained how he got so much done to his nephew:
Eustace, if after my removal any one should think it worth his while to write my Life, I will give you a criterion by which you may judge of its correctness. If he give me credit for being a plodder he will describe me justly. Anything beyond this will be too much. I can plod. I can persevere in any definite pursuit. To this I owe everything.