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10 Nikola Tesla Quotes That Still Apply Today

10 Nikola Tesla Quotes That Still Apply Today

Nikola Tesla was one of the greatest minds in science. His contributions were immense in the field of electricity and engineering. Although he died in 1943, some of his quotes still serve a lot of purpose for us today. Here are some quotes by Nikola Tesla that remain applicable for us today.

1. “In the twenty-first century, the robot will take the place which slave labor occupied in ancient civilization.”

With the emergence of the internet and its sweeping of us into the digital age, what Nikola Tesla said many years ago is not farfetched. We have arrived in an age where robots now take charge of occupations that used to belong to humans. Robots have come to stay.

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2. “I don’t care that they stole my idea… I care that they don’t have any of their own.”

Original ideas define where you are and where you could be. Many underestimate the power of an idea, but if you can both invent an idea and act on it, you can define your success in whatever career you choose.

3. “If your hate could be turned into electricity, it would light up the whole world.”

Passions or emotions can fire up enough energy to upset events. It is better to be able to deal with negative emotions and make them count in a positive way. Rather than allow your hate to be dominant, try and focus on making your love an umbrella above everything you do.

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4. “Of all things, I liked books best.”

They say that leaders are readers. With books, you can relate with your being and connect with the world around you intellectually. All successful persons have been readers at some point. So why don’t you determine your future by reading? It is not a lazy thing to be a reader, but it could define your future and what you become.

5. “Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born.”

There is nothing perfect in being alone. But when you are alone, you can experience that “wow” moment of discovery. This is many times unleashed when you are able to dive into your internal energy. Many people do not seek solitude, but when you can connect with your inner self, you can create possibilities.

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6. “We crave for new sensations but soon become indifferent to them. The wonders of yesterday are today common occurrences.”

Twelve years ago, there was no Facebook or smartphones. The world was not as connected and there were no electric cars. We seem to get so used to things shortly after they first emerge. It becomes a question of what next? Humans always want more that is beyond the norm, things they have never seen before. Human wants and desires are limitless.

7. “The individual is ephemeral, races and nations come and pass away, but man remains.”

We won’t be here forever, but our legacies can live on after we are gone. There is not much you can accomplish without connecting with your environment. Focus on the legacy rather than on being or simply existing. Great minds like Steve Jobs focused on the legacy rather than on just individual greatness. Touch lives and when you are gone your story will be authentic enough to influence others to keep on achieving.

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8. “Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.”

There is no perfect being. What defines or makes us are our strengths and flaws. There is no point in trying to alienate one from the other. We have to live and contend with who we are.

9. “Great moments are born great opportunity”

It all comes down to how you prepare for your opportunity and take advantage of it when it comes. When opportunity converges with your hard work, some tend to term this as luck. Hard work cannot thrive on its own — it needs some kind of opportunity. According to Tesla, this gives birth to great moments.

10. “You may live to see man-made horrors beyond your comprehension.”

This is a kind of futuristic prediction, since the brilliance of humans always seems to breed warfare and destruction at some point. This quote is a reminder that human capacity is limitless, still it is up to us to use this capacity for good.

Featured photo credit: Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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