Einstein Rules: Four Lessons for a Better Life

Einstein Rules

Einstein is responsbile for the world's most famous equation.  He was a brilliant physicist and a great ponderer of all things life.  Here are four lessons inspired by this truly wise dude.

Strive For Functional Simplicity

 "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction."

 We've become really adept at making things faster and cheaper.  We live by the mantra "more, more,more".  It's a rare genius that can create a simple design for a product or idea that lasts.  Greater success and satisfaction belong to the fish who aren't afraid to swim upstream.  In other words "simplify".

Be Awake

"I never think of the future. It comes soon enough."

If I don't watch it, I spend too much time planning.  When the kids get older I ............  When I make more money I can .........  As I get lost in planning I waste my focus for the present moment.  Being awake in the moment means I need to close the computer, turn of the phone, and roll around on the ground with my daughters.  We are all getting older by the minute.

Listen...Really Listen

"Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding."

If people slowed down and listened to themselves they might realize how silly they can sound.  If we closed our yappers and thoughtfully listened, we might absorb more of the wisdom others have to offer.  Listening can lead to an understanding of the things we all have in common.  I am convinced that peace lives in quiet moments.

 Be Confident.  Be Patient.  

"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." (Sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton)

Belief in yourself, mixed with persistence and patience, can only lead to great things.  Sometimes only timed reflection can uncover the importance of a moment, and often it's the moment that's all that matters.  Build relationships.  Search for adventure.  Love with everything you have.  It's these things that are difficult to quantify that truly make a life "count".

We all have lessons we could teach the world.  These lessons are inspired by one of the greatest thinkers our times.  What lessons would you teach through living?

What are your rules?

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