Life Lessons from Albert Einstein

Learn 10 Life Lessons from Albert Einstein

The other day I was scrolling through my LinkedIn feed and came across a video that highlighted 10 life lessons from Albert Einstein. Many of us have been inspired by his scientific life and have learned E=MC2 in our physics classes. Here is a little about his life before we discuss his 10 life lessons.

Strive to not be a success, but rather to be of value.
— Albert Einstein

The Life of Albert Einstein

This expert comes from Wikipedia. "Albert Einstein, (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955), was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics).  

His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known by the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E =MC2 (which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation"). He 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",a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory."

Life Lessons from Albert Einstein

1. Follow Your Curiosity: Einstein said, "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious." I believe the key to this life lesson is to be passionate towards a topic. Something that you want to sink put your whole heart and soul into learning. A topic that you're really curious about. 

2. Perseverance is Priceless: Einstein said, "It's not that I'm so smart; it's just that I stay with problems longer." Perseverance is the key to success. Many times we give up just before we get to the solution or the solution is simply many failures away and we lack the courage to fail forward. 

3. Focus on the Present: Einstein said, "Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention is deserves." The future is more bright as we execute and live strong in the present. You will also see that with the next lesson below, there is a balance between the present and imagination for the future.

4. The Imagination is Powerful: Einstein said, "Imagination is everything. It is a preview of life's comings attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge." I think he used imagination to help him see the solutions to his scientific problems. Sometimes when the numbers or the problems are so complicated it takes a little imagination. 

5. Make Mistakes: Einstein said, "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." The more and more I study successful people, I have learned that they know that mistakes are gifts and they learn from their mistakes. Mistakes become the essence of their genius. 

Make mistakes, A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
— Albert Einstein

6. Live in the Moment: Einstein said, "I never think of the future—it comes soon enough." I believe we build success by laying one brick at a time. Staying focused on daily goals and living in the moment helps us enjoy the greatest gift—the present. With strong present day living, we create amazing momentum for the future.

7. Create Value: Einstein said, "Strive to not be a success, but rather to be of value." This is one of my favorites of Einstein's life lessons. As we focus on creating value for others, we gain their trust, their credibility, and their respect. With their trust we can work together as a team to solve many of life's toughest challenges.

8. Don't Be Repetitive: Einstein said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results." I was taught this quote by Chuck Coonradt, best selling author and consultant of the Game of Work principles. He taught me that if I was going to drive new results I would have to help change behavior. The new behavior would drive new results. Thanks Albert and Chuck for having a tremendous impact on my business career.

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results.
— Albert Einstein

9. Knowledge Comes from Experience: Einstein said, "Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience." The quicker we try to prove a hypothesis, the quicker we gain real knowledge. The more we continue down the path of real experience through failure and success the more insightful and impactful our knowledge. 

10. Learn the Rules and then Play Better: Einstein said, "You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else." This is key to success. I'm a former competitive Freestyle Mogul Skier and the better I knew how I was scored, the better I was at formulating a winning run.

These are 10 great life lessons from Albert Einstein. I really believe that laying down a strong foundation of proven life principles will create the biggest momentum towards success and greatness.

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