Albert Einstein may have been aloof too much of reality but unconsciously he exhibited many traits that are linked to top business professionals. Not surprisingly he attributed many of these actions to the discovery of some of his finest scientific work. Learn from these habits and find ways to incorporate them into your everyday life.
Do you think Albert turned the world of science upside-down by following the crowd? Of course not! He was aloof, often day dreaming about the results of experiments years before anyone tested them in a laboratory. He was way ahead of his time and you may be too if people are laughing you off the stage. That is why you must have the courage to create your own reality and believe in it so much that others will be intrigued by what you have to say.
Perhaps you’ve had an idea for months or maybe years. As soon as your idea starts gain traction others will aggressively attack you. The biggest thinkers always face the most resistance. Einstein challenged the leading scientists of his time. He could have conformed at their demand but he believed in what he knew to be true so deeply that nothing else mattered. When he was criticized Einstein was slow to get angry. Instead he would usually just smile and let the results speak for themselves.
Pursue your passion-what kind of life are you living if you are not doing what you love?-
To Albert Einstein nothing else matted other than science. He ate equations for breakfast, had theories for lunch, and devoured a textbook for dinner. He didn’t start out as a scientist but rather as a patent inspector. People noticed that he finished his work at the patent office unusually fast. He would work like a madman so he could spend the latter part of his day working on unfinished science problems. He knew what he was meant to do and would incorporate it into everything. Even on his deathbed Einstein had a notepad with simple math formulas written down.
Master your mind –
What have you learned today? Albert knew the importance of education. He was always curious about how things worked and never found any question too unreasonable for him. He studied broadly so he could take information from one field to solve a problem in another. His friends were just as diverse discussing everything from philosophy to cigars. In fact, many of his friends possessed knowledge that was absolutely critical to complete some of his most important work.
Keeping clear organized records in essential if you want others to do your work as good as you. There is a simple and effective way to make this happen. Simply take time to write down how to do the most important things. Try to keep it to two pages at the maximum. These references will be useful in teaching your workers to be self-sufficient. If they know how you want the most important things done in a way they understand, this will translate into solving problems as you would. If this is done correctly your employees will start working just as good, or better than you.
Know thy strengths–
Albert knew what he was good at and he always sought to apply his strengths. He never was a great experimenter. Breakthroughs were made when he theorized with thought experiments. His brilliant mind could great create theories that could only be proven with experiments that could only be imagined. This is how he was always able to stay ahead of his time. Sometimes he would sit for days only thinking of thought experiments because he knew this was how he would create results that would make him valuable.
Complement your strengths–
Einstein was not only aware of his spectacular strengths but he knew where his shortcomings were. He never really liked taking care of day to day tasks. His wife loved to be in charge which allowed her to excel in organizing and getting things done. She did everything from doing the bills to giving Einstein pocket money when he went out with his friends. Even when he needed his theories conformed he would ask other scientists to perform the experiments that needed to be done. Partnering with those who covered his weaknesses allowed him to concentrate on what he was the best at.
If you want to get the right answers you must first ask the right questions. Be like Einstein and develop a childlike sense of curiosity then refine your questions so they produce the right answers. Einstein would look at problems that people overlooked or just assumed what the answer was. This was a critical skill that helped him challenge and overthrow old theories like the concept of the “Ether.” A good starting point is to asses yourself and find your biases so you can challenge them. Do you give equal consideration on subjects you feel strongly about? What assumptions have you made when assessing this passionate topic?
The story of Einstein failing math is a myth. In fact he excelled so well in math he started learning advanced math on his own. He eventually ran out of material to learn so he borrowed the books of a medical student who lived with his parents. He could have easily paid for books but he recognized the opportunity to receive something of value without giving up cash. He utilized a win-win mindset.
There is speculation that Albert Einstein was not the first person to create the theory of relativity. Another scientist had described very similar thoughts at almost the exact same time. Did Einstein quickly assert his knowledge as the first and final say? No, in fact he conceded that he may not have been the originator of the theory and that his colleague was quite capable of figuring it out. It was routine for Einstein to ask the opinions of others and he often humbled himself when it came to being right. Albert would constantly ask others to read over his papers. He even credited his first wife to helping him with his first published papers. This made Einstein very well received and others often wanted to work with him because of the good things they heard of him.
Apply these ten principles and watch your effectiveness with yourself and others grow….at the speed of light! Be sure to post your thoughts.