A Tap on the Glass - Vol. 66 - Lessons from Einstein

Albert Einstein has long been considered a genius by the masses. He was a theoretical physicist, philosopher, author, and is perhaps the most influential scientists to ever live.

Einstein has made great contributions to the scientific world, including the theory of relativity, the founding of relativistic cosmology, the prediction of the deflection of light by gravity, the quantum theory of atomic motion in solids, the zero-point energy concept, and the quantum theory of a monatomic gas which predicted Bose-Einstein condensation, to name a few of his scientific contributions.  I had to copy and paste that from a Biography of Einstein and I'll be the first to admit that I'm clueless on 75% of what I just read above. 

I DO know that Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.", which I think has something to do with those cameras at traffic lights......

He's published more than 300 scientific works and over 150 non-scientific works. Einstein is considered the father of modern physics and is probably the most successful scientist there ever was.  Einstein was also a remarkable philosopher and he's been quoted and credited often with the sage advice he left us.  Here's a few of my favorites lessons from this most amazing man...

Amazing Lessons from Albert Einstein:

1.    Devote Your Life to a Cause

"Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person."

Einstein was saying that success requires all that you are or as Walter Cronkite so eloquently put it, "I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got." To succeed, to become a master, will require all that you are. Are you giving your all?


2.    Great People Will Always Encounter Great Opposition

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

It's an inevitable truth that no success comes without opposition, there will always be resistance to greatness. One of my personal hero's, Zig Ziglar once said said, "Little men, with little minds, and little imaginations, go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds." Never let "little men" stop you from achieving your dreams. Know that great spirits have always encountered great opposition.


3.    Make a Decision to See the World as Friendly

"The most important decision we ever make is whether we believe we live in a friendly universe or a hostile universe."

Your perception becomes your reality. If you believe the world is plotting to do you "good," than it is. If you believe the world is plotting to do you harm, than it is. Wayne Dyer said, "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Make the choice to see the world as friendly?


4.    Character Trumps Intellect

"Most people say that is it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character."

Your character determines how far you go in this lifetime, so work on your character; work on being the person you want people to perceive you to be. Work on your attitude, Einstein said, "Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character," and without character, success has no value.  Ziglar said, "it is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude."


5.    Never Ever Stop Learning

"Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death."

Never stop learning. When you're not learning, you're not growing; when you're not growing, you're dying. Always ask questions; always look for better ways to get things done. Don't be afraid to get outside the box and see what is possible. Einstein said, "He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice."


6.    Change the Way You Think

"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it."

The only way to conquer a problem is to grow bigger than the problem.  We often see and hear people that are always too ready to point out the problem, yet rarely can give a solution.  You must become a "bigger" person. You must change the way you perceive things. This is why reading is so important; reading expands your mind to new levels, it increases your consciousness and your likelihood for success. Learn to cultivate the joy of reading, readers are leaders!


7.    Serve the World

"The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule. The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive."

Einstein said, "Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile." Let me encourage you to live your life in service to others, in service to your spouse, your children, your community, and your world. Your greatest success will come from your service to others and I think that why we all do what we do.  We fight to achieve our personal success through our efforts to help others. 

It's a noble ambition!

On and UP!