He was a theoretical physicist who developed one of the two pillars of modern physics in the “theory of relativity” (the other being “quantum mechanics”). He is best known around the world for his formula E=MC² regarding mass-energy equivalence. 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”.
During his life, he published more than 300 scientific papers and more than 150 non-scientific works. In addition to his own work, he also worked in collaboration other scientists on additional projects. As a highly influential person, he has been the person of or inspiration for many creations in popular culture.
Albert Einstein Quotes
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be valuable.”
Rather than seeing the “be all and end all” of the word “success”, think about what this entails. The biggest way you can become successful in whatever you do, is to bring value to other people. As you add value to more and more people’s lives, either through money, entertainment, skills etc. people will want to be associated with or have the results of your work. They will then promote you to other people, growing your influence. Albert Einstein proved his value many times over to the world from his value to Physics and Philosophy.
“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.”
A weakness of attitude in this sense could mean not doing the things that are needed to progress yourself during a short period. However, the problem with having a bad attitude is not just that things do not get done, but that the bad habits can extend into the long-term. As bad habits accumulate over long durations of time, people will associate these with your character, and accept these as part of who you are. It is okay to break free of bad habits every now and again, but be careful to keep diligence to the things you want to achieve. Einstein spent a great amount of time dedicated to problem-solving and this was the thing that differentiated him from others.
“Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.”
Albert Einstein felt that anger was a pretty much useless emotion when left to dwell for a significant period. Anger is a natural emotion and can be okay for just a moment, controlled, but left uncontrolled it is a very destructive emotion. Rather than having an outburst due to the strong emotion or leaving the emotion to fester for a long period, instead look at how you can prevent or stop the feeling. Look to the positives and things you can learn from situation that leaves you feeling hot-headed. You can also adjust your expectations and/or distance yourself from the things that cause you frustration.
“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
As people become more successful and showcase their abilities, it is only natural that other people can become jealous and try to bring them back down. Einstein acknowledges this as he has encountered this in his own life. As you start to become more successful and make a name for yourself in your field, expect that this will happen so that it does not come as a surprise. Instead of looking at the downside of this and feeling negative, notice how opposition shows how successful you have become, and use it to continue to grow.
“The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.”
By removing yourself from distractions, you can cause yourself to enter a state of boredom. When in this state, your mind will search for ways to occupy itself. If unattended, this can result in rumination over negative thoughts. However, if the mind can explore a selected topic or area undistracted, it will be stimulated and look at creative solutions any questions it may have. If distractions are kept to a minimum and you engage yourself in your interests, the creative mind can prevail. Einstein managed to make the most of his mind by spending time on his own.
“Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.”
Whilst it is a great thing to be able to solve problems, and this can create great value to both yourself and others, it is even better to be able to prevent them from happening in the first place. Solving problems could be seen as a short-term measure whereas prevention is for the long-term. When it comes to problems or issues we face, it is better to be able to stop these happening entirely.
“The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.”
For many people, an ultimate desire would be to be the best and rule over others. This is because humans have a want to control as much as they can. Ruling other people, whether through a hierarchy at work, socially or otherwise, can make people feel as though they have self-worth. Einstein feels that rather than aiming for this, people should instead aim to provide as much service to other people as possible. This way, people can gain their value through providing and helping other people, which is better for humanity and less power-focused.
Albert Einstein MBTI Type (Probable):
The INTP (Architect) could be said to be one of the most logical minded of all personality types. They enjoy looking for patterns, have a good eye for noticing the issues/details and have a very good ability to read people. They like to share what they are thinking about, and may even do so before fully developing their ideas. Generally, they are quite laid-back and easy-going and are not likely to place much importance on things such as popularity. To observers, they could be said to be independent, original and unconventional.
Albert Einstein Keys to Success:
- Improve the World – Try to invest your time into activities or ventures which will improve the planet and other people. If this is difficult, at the very least, make sure you are not causing negative impact. By focusing on things with good moral consequence, you will have more to work towards to increase your success.
- Put in the Hours – Nobody has ever fell to the top of a mountain from the bottom, the same is true of life. To be the best, you need to invest a lot of time in an activity. As a rule of thumb, 10,000 hours is said to be the amount of time needed to achieve “mastery” in many subject areas. However, this does not consider advantages due to natural or physical abilities. Keep on plugging away with the activity regardless of its difficulty and even if you cannot achieve the goal you have set, you will have improved.
- Focus on the Collective – Instead of focusing on the interests of one person or group to impress with your achievements, think of how your work can be of greatest impact to the majority. The more people you can impact with your efforts, the more they can lift you up to greater successes.