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Einstein’s 7 rules for a better life

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Einstein:  Most iconic and celebrated figures in all of history.

Einstein: Most iconic and celebrated figures in all of history.

You most likely know of Einstein as a pioneer in revolutionizing how we perceive the Universe, having given us advances such as:

  • the constancy of the speed of light,
  • the fact that distances and times are not absolute, but relative for each and every observer,
  • his most famous equation, E = mc²,
  • the photoelectric effect,
  • the theory of gravity, general relativity, that overthrew Newtonian gravity,
  • and Einstein-Rosen bridges, or as they’re better known, wormholes.

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Rule #1: Expend your efforts on the things that matter.

Rule #1: Expend your efforts on the things that matter.

  • Einstein, known for his disheveled look with overgrown hair and worn-out clothes, adopted a signature style in his later years.
  • He wore a simple, functional uniform of a grey suit and leather jacket, without socks.
  • This concept of comfortable, signature attire has been popularized by recent tech entrepreneurs.

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Rule #2: Do things you love, even if you’re terrible at them.

Rule #2: Do things you love, even if you’re terrible at them.

  • Einstein found serenity in sailing, a hobby he enjoyed despite his ineptitude.
  • His frequent mishaps at sea didn’t deter him from the calm and reflection it offered.
  • This mental freedom, detached from routine distractions, often led to new ideas, demonstrating that tranquility can be a catalyst for creativity.

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Rule #3: Have a puzzle mindset.

Rule #3: Have a puzzle mindset.

  • Einstein’s sailing mishaps didn’t hinder his love for the tranquility it offered.
  • His approach to problems as puzzles, not crises, led to innovative solutions.
  • His flexible worldview allowed him to challenge assumptions and conceive novel ideas.
  • This puzzle mindset, adopted by many scientists, leads to unexpected discoveries.

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Rule #4: Think deeply, both long and hard, about things that truly fascinate you.

Rule #4: Think deeply, both long and hard, about things that truly fascinate you.

  • Einstein advised to pursue deep questions and not be content with easy solutions.
  • He encouraged embracing the struggle of problem-solving, even if the solution remains elusive.
  • His own unsolved puzzles, like unifying physics, attest to the fulfillment found in the journey of seeking answers.

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Rule #5: Don’t let politics fill you with either rage or despair.

Rule #5: Don’t let politics fill you with either rage or despair.

  • Einstein’s advice to his cousin Lina was to not always react impulsively to political outrage, but to strategically choose when to intervene.
  • This wisdom, which resonates with King Bumi’s philosophy from Avatar: The Last Airbender, was given to Lina who later moved to Uruguay.

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Rule #6: Blind obedience to authority is the greatest enemy of the truth.

Rule #6: Blind obedience to authority is the greatest enemy of the truth.

  • Einstein criticized the abandonment of critical thinking, terming it “collective insanity” or “groupthink”.
  • He faced this when his theory of relativity was discredited by scientists, including Johannes Stark, driven by nationalism and anti-semitism.
  • This led to Einstein fleeing Germany, emphasizing that blind obedience is truth’s greatest enemy.

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Rule #7: Science, truth, and education are for everyone, not just the privileged few.

Rule #7: Science, truth, and education are for everyone, not just the privileged few.

  • Einstein, critical of the US government’s racism, took actions against segregation.
  • He invited Marion Anderson to his home when she was denied hotel lodging and visited Lincoln University, addressing racial separation as a “disease of white people”.
  • He defended academic freedom and advocated for universal access to science and truth.

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ALBERT EINSTEIN

“Learn from yesterday, live for today and hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

ALBERT EINSTEIN

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CURATOR'S NOTE

Albert Einstein — notorious as the greatest physicist and genius of his time, and possibly of all-time — probably isn’t the first name you think of in terms of life advice.

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