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Posted by on September 30, 2015

 Albert Einstein was an immortal of science that made noteworthy changes and contributions in the 20th century. He was an inspiration for the remarkable scientists subsequent to him for his brilliant discoveries.

Einstein was prominent for his works in theoretical physics, a great philosopher of science for his simplicity, and an author of several books. Above all, Einstein was prominent as the father of modern physics.

There were four works of Einstein that substantially contributed to the foundation of modern physics. These works relate to photoelectric effect, Brownian motion, special relativity and matter – energy equivalence. The four areas of focus were the justification for the discovery and explanation of quantum theory, atomic theory and concepts on matter, space and time.

I know you’re impressed I’d know these, right?  I don’t.  I read them just as you’re doing.

Einstein received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 “for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect.”  His soaring accomplishments only make these ten truths all the more impressive when you consider how common-sense they are.

It’s obvious to see how Einstein would’ve been a terrific teacher in the classroom, then.  He wasn’t only a brain on two legs:  he actually made sense so the normal person in the seat – like me – could grasp the larger truth.  Here, then, are what are thought to be Albert Einstein’s Ten Greatest Lessons for Life.

Lesson 1: Cultivate a Curious Mind

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” Do not hold back curiosity. It has a reason for its existence. Keep a questioning mind.

Lesson 2: The Worth of Perseverance is Intangible

“It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” The price of perseverance is beyond the corporeal things. It cannot be measured. It cannot be sold. It has no price.

Lesson 3: Devote Attention To One Thing At A Time

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” Do not do several tasks at once. It is in doing one task at a time that excellence is achieved.

Lesson 4: Give Weight to Imagination

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Imagination is cheaper than free. It is in imagination that one recognizes the knack he has.

Lesson 5: Mistakes Are Inevitable

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” More often than not, mistakes are stepping stones to new discoveries. It is part and parcel of living.

Lesson 6: The Future is Not Ours to See

“I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.” The future is a result of the things we do today. Thinking what lies beforehand is not a bad scheme, but most of the time the present is being neglected.

Lesson 7: Value is Superior to Success

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” Success is a goal worth striving for. However, creating value has an enduring effect for people to remember.

Lesson 8: Change Triggers Another Result

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results’. Different results occur when you change the way you do things. Only unwise people will expect a different result from doing the same thing over and over again. Different results will only be possible by way change.

Lesson 9: Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience

Lesson 10: Understand the Basics

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”


© 2nd Cup of Coffee, September 2015

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