When thinking about Albert Einstein, certain things come to mind- 'father of modern physics', Nobel prize winner, the theory of relativity, E=mc²...and often a regular contributor on those 'inspirational quotes' websites. Seems unlikely that one man can
be such a smarty pants have a great mind and be so eloquent as to inspire scientists, philosophers and the everyday man on the street. I guess it's not so much as "great minds think alike", but more like "great minds like a think!"
I'm not sure just how many of those Einstein quotes were actually his and how much is branding...could it be that he is the Betty Crocker of the 'motivational quotes world'? I don't really like to think about it too much- I prefer to believe that he was that smart and that one person can achieve great things in life...and in doing so, he becomes more inspirational than any quote.
I saw this on Paulo Coelho's (the guy who wrote 'The alchemist') blog, but it was originally from www.dumblittleman.com which is worth taking a look at if you like this kind of blog post.
10 Amazing Lessons from Albert Einstein:
- Follow Your Curiosity
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
What piques your curiosity? I am curious as to what causes one person to succeed while another person fails. What are you most curious about? The pursuit of your curiosity is the secret to your success.
- Perseverance is Priceless
“It's not that I'm so smart; it's just that I stay with problems longer.”
Through perseverance the turtle reached the ark. Are you willing to persevere until you get to your intended destination? They say the entire value of the postage stamp consist in its ability to stick to something until it gets there. Be like the postage stamp; finish the race that you’ve started!
- Focus on the Present
“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”Some say, you cannot ride two horses at the same time. I like to say, you can do anything, but not everything. Learn to be present where you are; give your all to whatever you’re currently doing. Focused energy is power, and it’s the difference between success and failure.
- The Imagination is Powerful
“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Are you using your imagination daily? Your imagination pre-plays your future. Einstein went on to say, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” Are you exercising your “imagination muscles” daily, don’t let something as powerful as your imagination lie dormant.
- Make Mistakes
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
Never be afraid of making a mistake. A mistake is not a failure. Mistakes can make you better, smarter and faster, if you utilize them properly. Discover the power of making mistakes. If you want to succeed, triple the amount of mistakes that you make.
- Live in the Moment
“I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.”
The only way to properly address your future is to be as present as possible “in the present.”You cannot “presently” change yesterday or tomorrow, so it’s of supreme importance that you dedicate all of your efforts to “right now.” It’s the only time that matters, it’s the only time there is.
- Create Value
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."
Don’t waste your time trying to be successful, spend your time creating value. If you’re valuable, then you will attract success.Discover the talents and gifts that you possess, learn how to offer those talents and gifts in a way that most benefits others. Labor to be valuable and success will chase you down.
- Don’t Expect Different Results
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”In order for your life to change, you must change, to the degree that you change your actions and your thinking is to the degree that your life will change.
- Knowledge Comes From Experience
“Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.”You can discuss a task, but discussion will only give you a philosophical understanding of it; you must experience the task first hand to “know it.” What’s the lesson? Get experience! Don’t spend your time hiding behind speculative information, go out there and do it, and you will have gained priceless knowledge.
- Learn the Rules and Then Play Better
“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”If you can do these two things, success will be yours!