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7 Practical Life Lessons From Albert Einstein

7 Practical Life Lessons From Albert Einstein

Every so often, there comes a man who is able to see the universe in a new way, whose vision upsets the very foundations of the world as we know it.

With his ideas still informant, Albert Einstein was 22 years old when he sat out alone on foot across the Alps. In his youthful passage through the mountains he longed to grasp the hidden design, the underline principles of nature. Throughout his life, Einstein would look for the harmony, not only in his science but in the world of men.

The world wanted to know Albert Einstein and yet he remained a mystery to those who only saw public face and perhaps to himself as well.

However, the next 7 practical life lessons can reveal Einstein’s way of thinking and formulating the miracles in former times.

1. Follow Your Curiosity

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious”

What Einstein is trying to deliver with this message, is that curiosity forefront him through all the foundations during his life. We may say that we are curious, but we often snap when we need action to reveal and answer question marks.

Follow your curiosity, whatever that is. It will endlessly go deeper and deeper. That’s what divides us from being average. Digging in places where no one before thought miracles will be found so deep.

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Keep digging your vision and answer all the questions. You will be amazed how life can be extraordinary with continuous curiosity.

2. Perseverance Is Priceless

“It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”

Besides from Einstein, as many researches as I have previously done (especially on highly successful people), I’ve concluded that perseverance is what brought them the major discoveries.

They say that every problem you can think of has at least one solution. If we keep staying with that problem, chopping and pinching it from every corner, we will discover at least one solution.

So whatever you can think of, such as your vision, you can always get over anything on the way if you include perseverance in your character. Don’t ever give up on your unsolved problems.

3. Make Mistakes

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

It’s not deliberately the meaning of “make a mistake and you will follow Einstein’s path”. It means that we should forcefully attack the fears and the unknowns. We may want to go and work in Alaska, but we will never discover how it feels to work in Alaska if we stay in Chicago.

Dare to discover and dare to make mistakes. That’s what divides people from successful and unsuccessful. You will never learn to conquer the weak sides if we don’t dare to try and be wrong.

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4. Create Value

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

Most people approach the word “success” wrongly. It’s not just being bare-wealthy and having big firm who runs mechanically without your existence. Success is about getting all mentioned before, step by step, so we will be able to appreciate those things while we create and sustain them.

Someone of value inspires others to live the right way and do the right thing. Live in accordance with one’s religious, philosophical, or spiritual values. A person of value has ethics, morality, decency, integrity, principles and honesty. All those things one should strive to attain.

5. Knowledge Comes From Experience

“Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.”

When we see a capable and apt person in a given situation, we conclude that the person is experienced. Not because they read a lot and they have big library at home, but because they were in a lot of similar situations and now have vast knowledge in that area.

Coming from number three, we should strive to make mistakes and gain experience of how “not to” approach particular problem. That’s how experience is gained.

6. Learn The Rules And Then Play Better

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

We are taught the rules of the game our whole lives. Whether we like it or not, we are obliquely learned to play by the rules.

For example, rules of the game to become a success are to be persistent, preserve, and to gain experience all the time.

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If we learn to preserve, persist and to gain experience more than others, we will always be one step ahead from everyone.

It doesn’t mean that you have to behave like everyone else or do the same things other successful people do. Once you have a full understanding of the rules of the game, you can have the power to play better, challenge the rules of the game, or to change them.

7. The Imagination Is Powerful

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

While we cleared the term of knowledge and experience, imagination is something similar to 3D world in our heads.

I firmly believe that imagination is coming from knowledge, experience, and most of all, reading.

Reading things in our sphere, say, blogging and SEO (if I am the case) there is nothing that I can’t imagine and do to make my website viral.

The power to imagine is the power to formulate clear picture of how your future will be painted if you do a particular thing.

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Short example:

We play football and I have the ball. If I try to dribble, I would have few options. The worst is to lose the ball and make possible counter attack, but if I succeed to dribble one player, I will leave one player open free for passing and I will positively open the game on our behalf.

Imagination would be a lot more complex than this when we have life waiting on us to make decisions, but life is also made up of all sorts of small choices. Imagination is what will serve best to do the better ones.

Featured photo credit: Albert Einstein/Peter Wagner via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 21, 2019

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

Example 1

You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

Example 2

You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

Example 3

You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

Example 4

You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

  • Understand your own communication style
  • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
  • Communicate with precision and care
  • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

1. Understand Your Communication Style

To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

2. Learn Others Communication Styles

Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

“How do you prefer to receive information?”

This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

3. Exercise Precision and Care

A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

“Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

The Bottom Line

When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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