Albert Einstein is perhaps the most famous scientist of the 20th century. The prized physicist had a profound impact on our understanding of the universe, including basic concepts such as time, light and gravity.
To this day, his work is being used to guide physicists to new frontiers, helping us to understand our significance on the grandest scale.
Some thought he was a retard
Born in Germany in 1879, Einstein was slightly different than all the boys. His head was a little bigger and he hardly spoke a word, which led at least one housekeeper to label him “retarded.” Little did she know, this “retarded” boy would eventually go on to reshape the world through his ideas.
By age 26, Einstein had obtained his PhD. The same year he published 4 important papers on topics ranging from the nature of light to mass-energy equivalence.
He changed the scientific world
While largely ignored at first, these papers would eventually make a tremendous contribution to the scientific community, including the famous E= MC2 equation for mass energy equivalence.
These papers also contained the seeds of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, one of the most revolutionary ideas in history.
Although it’s impossible to pinpoint exactly the nature of Einstein’s brilliance, he had all of the characteristics of a genius.
He had a great imagination
He had a vivid imagination, questioned everything and found new ways of thinking about old problems. He also had an unrelenting work ethic that pushed him to action even on the day of his death, where he was reportedly working on a speech for a television program.
The final picture of Einstein’s office taken hours before his passing showed a man who was deeply consumed in his work right up until the very end.
He was mentally resilient
In addition to his timeless quotes and deep sense of humour, Einstein is remembered for overcoming adversity. From physical setbacks as a young boy to spending two frustrating years looking for work as a teaching assistant after graduating, Einstein’s life was filled with challenges.
His ability to keep a positive attitude and provoke creative thought experiments were at the centre of his genius. More than 60 years after his death, the world remembers not a man who spent years working at a patent office, but a man who changed the world.
Some profound quotes from Einstein:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
“Imagination is everything, it is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
“I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
“A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.”
I believe that this final quote refers to Mindfulness. In my Online Mental Resilience Programme, I take the attendees through two Mindfulness exercises which are very simple yet extremely effective.
When you are in a mindful state you cannot be stressed. You are only stressed when you think about the past or the future. When you are in the moment you don’t experience any stress.
When you are focussed on something intently you cannot be thinking of anything else as the conscious mind can only think of one thing at a time. Because of this you cannot be thinking about anything negative whether in the past or in the future.
Thoughts for the week.
- Einstein was still working right up to his death which demonstrates amazing resilience.
- He had a passion for his work and enjoyed it right to his end.
- Do you have something in your life you are passionate about which you love doing and would love to do to the end of your life?
- This week think long and hard and see if you have a passion for something which you could do either now or when you have retired.
- Evidence is very clear that people who have something to get up for in the morning when they have retired, live considerably longer than those who have nothing.
Well that’s it for this week have a wonderful weekend and find your passion.