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11 Life Lessons from Albert Einstein

11 Life Lessons from Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein offered us more than just the amazing theory of relativity and E=mc2. Through his persistence in his discoveries in science, Einstein shined a light on how each of us can do the impossible by hard work, experiencing failure, and valuing people. Even if you are not a scientist, you can apply these life lessons to your life today.

Simplicity

“If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” – Albert Einstein

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    The more complicated you have to make something seem, the more you do not understand the inner workings of it. Think about the best teachers that you have had in your life. Did they make even the most complicated topics full of vocabulary that you did not understand or did they make it easier to understand by simplifying?

    Creativity

    “Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

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      Inspire others to do what they love. Use your creativity to create new works, and you never know what others will create. It’s time to let your mind create projects and ideas that will have a domino effect throughout the world.

      Hard Work and Failure

      “The only sure way to avoid making mistakes is to have no new ideas.” – Albert Einstein

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        “You never fail until you stop trying.” -Albert Einstein

        Einstein spent most of his life working on physics theories- some never worked out and others we know today. You never know which one will work out, but persistence is key. You have to keep working hard and keep trying to solve your problem. Failure doesn’t exist until you stop trying.

        Live in the Present

        “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.” -Albert Einstein

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          You are only guaranteed the moment that you have right now, at this moment. You can try to get yourself worried about the future and make plans that may not work out according to plan. What matters most is living now, today. Do your best right now and do not worry about tomorrow.

          Be Unconventional

          “I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” – Albert Einstein

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            Everything great took a process of going outside of the box and doing something unconventional. If you continue to do the norm, then you are going to just produce normal, conventional results. Think differently, and you may find your answer.

            Imagination

            “Imagination is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein

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              “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein

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                Imagination is key. When you imagine something differently, you begin to share with others. People begin to see the world that you imagine. Together you can create and help each other. Take time today to daydream, imagine, and share your ideas with others.

                Work Towards the Impossible

                “Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.” – Albert Einstein

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                  If it seems ridiculous to others and you are willing to take the risk, then you are able to achieve the impossible. When you go beyond what others think is reasonable, an amazing thing starts to happen. You complete what was once an obstacle.

                  Value People

                  “We know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all, for whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.” – Albert Einstein

                  “Life isn’t worth living, unless it is lived for someone else.” – Albert Einstein

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                    If you put people first, they will value you and look to you as a person who genuinely cares about others. Spend at least a few minutes out of your busy day being fully engaged with people without any distractions. Show them that you value them. Thank them and send compliments their way. It will not only make their day better, but they will appreciate it and remember what you have done for them.

                    Sharing

                    “Student is not a container you have to fill but a torch you have to light up.” – Albert Einstein

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                      Share your ideas with others. You may light a spark that ignites someone to do what they have always wanted. If you just hold all of your ideas and knowledge to yourself, you are not helping others at all. What if you held the key that would solve someone’s problems, wouldn’t you want to share it?

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                      Be Open to Learning

                      “Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” -Albert Einstein

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                        It’s the journey as you learn and not just soaking up all of the information. It’s fully diving in and learning that some things work and others do not. Learning is not a one-size-fits-all path, but your own customized journey.

                        Do What is Right

                        “Always do what’s right; this will gratify some and astonish the rest.” – Albert Einstein

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                          When you come to the fork in the road or if your consciousness is offering you a decision, always do what is right. You may feel that the other option will be easier or offer you more money, but when you know that the other option will allow you more opportunity in the future or is the right thing to do, then you have to do it. It’s not going out and choosing the easiest decision, but taking the time to follow your gut and do the right thing will keep you standing out from the crowd.

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                          Last Updated on October 17, 2018

                          7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

                          7 Natural (And Highly Effective) Ways to Improve Memory

                          How is your memory? Is your cognitive function as strong as you’d like it to be?

                          If not, then you’re definitely going to be interested in the memory improvement tips I’ll be sharing with you in this article.

                          Despite what you might think – or have been told – improving your ability to recall information is certainly possible. You just need to know the right ways to do it. (Don’t worry, as you won’t need to make any significant lifestyle changes.)

                          So how to improve memory? Let’s dive straight into the first of seven easy ways to improve your memory significantly.

                          1. Meditate

                          We live in a world of non-stop, 24/7 information. It’s like a waterfall that’s endlessly pouring news, data, facts and figures into our conscious minds.

                          Unfortunately, our brains are not designed to absorb this tremendous amount of information. It’s no wonder then, that most people struggle to remember information and recall things.

                          Even if you believe you have a good memory and are comfortable with multi-tasking, you’ll also be aware that there’s only so much information your brain can process at one time. And research suggests that the more information and distractions, the harder it is for you to transfer information to your long-term memory.[1]

                          Fortunately, meditation can help you out.

                          Even if you just meditate for 10 minutes per day, you’ll boost your ability to focus, which in turn, will make it easier for you to remember important facts.

                          If you need help in shifting into a meditative state, I recommend trying an app like Headspace – which can assist you to achieve this in a convenient and structured way.

                          And don’t forget, meditation doesn’t just have to be closing your eyes and sitting in a lotus position. Some people prefer to simply take a short walk in nature. This clears and calms their mind, and still provides the all-important boost to their focus.

                          2. Get plenty of sleep

                          If you’re sleep deprived or have not been sleeping well, then I’m guessing you’re not remembering well either. This is because sleep and memory are intimately connected.

                          If you have a busy life and regularly find yourself not getting enough sleep, then this will negatively impact your cognitive abilities – including your memory.

                          How much sleep should you be getting?

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                          Well, according to the National Sleep Foundation, you need a minimum of seven to nine hours of sleep per night. If you get this amount of sleep regularly, then within just a few days, you’ll see a tangible improvement to your ability to remember and recall things.

                          Now, I’ll be honest with you, maintaining a proper sleep cycle is not always easy (especially when the latest Netflix series has just been released!). But if you care about improving your short-term and long-term ability to remember things, then it’s critical that you try to get at least the recommended amount of sleep every night.

                          Are there ways to hack the sleep cycle?

                          Yes, there are.

                          Try these three things:

                          • Have a fixed bedtime (preferably before 10pm)
                          • Don’t eat too late
                          • Make sure your bedroom is as dark as possible

                          Sleeping is a precious activity. It regenerates your body, clears your mind, and helps with the storing and retrieval of information.

                          However, don’t sleep just yet, as I want to tell you about another great way to increase memory…

                          3. Challenge your brain

                          When was the last time you challenged your brain?

                          I don’t mean challenged in the sense of overeating or undersleeping. I’m referring to stretching your mental capabilities through things like crossword puzzles, Sudoku and memory games.

                          To expand your memory bank, and to make your recall razor-sharp, you need to continually challenge your brain.

                          Feedback from Lifehack readers such as yourself, has suggested that brain training apps are a super-effective way of doing this. Used regularly, these apps can enhance your focus, attention span, problem-thinking ability and memory.

                          There are hundreds of these apps available (most of them for free), but I recommend starting out with one of the big three:

                          • Peak (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
                          • Lumosity (Android/iOS, free, 10 million+ downloads)
                          • Elevate (Android/iOS, free, 5 million+ downloads)

                          If you normally spend a chunk of your week playing computer games, then instead of shooting and killing your enemies, why not let some of them live – while you put your attention into boosting your brain power!

                          Challenging your brain will strengthen your neural pathways and enhance your mental abilities. But don’t just take my word for it, try one of the apps above and see the positive benefits for yourself.

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                          4. Take more breaks

                          When I think back to my days as a budding entrepreneur, I distinctively remember working all the hours under the sun – and many under the moon too!

                          At that time, I believed that breaks were for the weak, and to become wealthy and successful, I needed to shed blood, sweat and tears.

                          However, I was wrong.

                          Taking regular breaks is the best way to keep yourself productive, creative and alive to opportunities. It’s also the best way to learn new information.

                          Let me explain.

                          Typically, when studying lots of new information, most people will spend hours reading it – in an attempt to learn and remember the content as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, they’ve overlooked something.

                          Namely, extended study sessions are rarely a good thing, as your ability to retain information naturally declines after a certain period of time.

                          It’s similar to physical exercise. You wouldn’t attempt to train vigorously for four hours in a row. Instead, you’d take regular breaks to give your lungs, heart and muscles adequate time to recover. Failing to do this will result in muscle cramps and overexertion.

                          It’s the same with your brain. If you overload it with information, you’ll suffer from mental fatigue.

                          What’s the answer?

                          Make sure you take regular breaks when learning new information. I recommend at least a 10-minute break every hour. (You may also want to take a look at the Pomodoro Method.)

                          If you don’t want to be as regimented as that, then take breaks as soon as you find yourself losing the ability to focus on the new material. Your brain will thank you – and your learning aptitude will move up a level.

                          5. Learn a new skill

                          I love this quote, as it’s 100% true – but frequently overlooked:

                          “Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci

                          From my experience of helping to develop the careers of dozens of Lifehack employees, I can definitively say that participating in meaningful and purposeful activities stimulates the mind. It also reduces stress and enhances health and well-being.

                          Let me give you an example of this:

                          Imagine you work for a global financial institution in one of their call centers. You take over 100 calls a day – many of them complaints. When you started the job a few months back, you were excited to be in full-time employment and working for a household name.

                          Unfortunately, your initial enthusiasm quickly turned into frustration.

                          The endless complaint calls began to take their toll on you. And the supervisors irritated you too, as they were far too interested in micro-managing you – rather than letting you work in your own way.

                          Now, in the story above, the ending could be that you put up with a job you didn’t like, and led a dull and frustrated working life for years and years. However, an alternative ending is this: you channeled your dissatisfaction in to learning a new skill (computer coding). It took you a year or two to get up to speed, but it allowed you to successfully upgrade your career – and the ongoing learning made the call centre job much more bearable.

                          Clearly, learning new skills gives you impetus, focus and something to aim for. Your brain loves to learn, and you should tap into this by always seeking our new information. And when learning becomes a habit, you’ll find your ability to remember and recall things effortlessly, becomes a habit too.

                          6. Start working out

                          If you’re not already working out regularly, then here’s another reason to do so:

                          Exercising for 20-30 minutes three times a week will improve your long-term memory.

                          Regular exercise increases blood flow in your body and supplies the brain with extra oxygen and nutrients. And a well-nourished brain is a well-functioning brain!

                          “But I just don’t have the time?,” I hear you say.

                          Not a problem.

                          A research has shown that a daily burst of 60 seconds of high-intensity exercise, offered many of the benefits of the longer exercise routines.[2] So, if you’re short on time – now you know what to do.

                          Interested in getting started?

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                          Here are five different ways that will help you work out:

                          • Join a gym
                          • Join a sports team
                          • Buy a bike
                          • Take up hiking
                          • Dance to your favorite music

                          7. Eat healthier foods

                          I’m sure you’ve heard the expression: “You are what you eat.”

                          This applies to your brain too.

                          The food that you eat helps determine your brain’s capacity to store and recall information. A poor diet (think junk food + soda!) harms not just your physical health, but your mental health too.

                          Fortunately, there are several foods that are especially good for your brain and your memory. These include: blueberries, celery and dark chocolate. But anything high in antioxidants will have a positive effect on your brain and memory.

                          Conversely, highly-processed foods and those loaded with sugar will have a negative impact on your memory. This is due to them providing insufficient nutrients for your brain – leading you to easily suffer from mental fatigue.

                          Want to be mentally healthy? Then eat and drink an abundance of these for brain health:

                          • Turmeric – helps new brain cells grown
                          • Broccoli – protects the brain against damage
                          • Nuts – improves memory
                          • Green tea – enhances brain performance, memory and focus[3]
                          • Fish oilfish oil supplements can increase your brain power

                          Here’re more brain food options that improve memory!

                          Final thoughts

                          I sincerely hope these seven memory boosting ways that I’ve covered in this article will be of help to you.

                          You don’t need to implement them all. I suggest just trying the ones that appeal to you.

                          But, if you’re serious about dramatically improving your memory, then make a start right now on adopting one or more of the ways I’ve suggested. I’m confident you won’t regret it.

                          Featured photo credit: Eric Ward via unsplash.com

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