How to be like Albert Einstein
There is not one person who has not heard of Albert Einstein. Most people simply know him as the genius who came up with the theory of relativity and had wild hair. But, once you start to go through Albert Einstein quotes, you see that he was not only brilliant in physics, but was also aware of things that many other people were not aware of yet. He didn’t just accept what he was told or saw, but he questioned everything and came up with some unique perspectives on life that we are just starting to really delve into now. Following are some Albert Einstein quotes that reflect how aware he really was.
1. Remember The Illusions
This is one of the Albert Einstein quotes that everyone has different definitions about, but no matter what they think, it always boils down to the fact that what we think we see or not is simply an illusion, not reality.
Many people think that this is about the passage of time and how it is not an actual property of the universe, but, instead, just something we perceive. Albert Einstein came to the conclusion that the past, present, and future all exist in the same time. Why is this important? Because we put so much emphasize on time. We worry about being late. We worry about what will happen. We worry about when we are going to die. We place an importance on time that dictates how we live our lives and what we will or will not do, but if you view time as here and now (the past, present, and future rolled into one), instead of in the future or past, then you will be more focused on the moment and what you are doing with it, which will benefit your entire life.
Another important interpretation of this quote is that what you perceive is not real, it is just a perception. For instance, matter is not a solid block – it is energy. Just because you perceive it to be a solid block doesn’t make it so. When you realize that your perception is what makes up your world, and that other people also have their own perceptions that make up their world, you won’t take things so seriously. After all, just because you perceive something to be bad doesn’t mean that it is. If you look for a new perception, you can find it.
2. Strive To Understand Others
If everyone understood this, life would be so peaceful. Could you imagine if this was one of the Albert Einstein quotes that was taken to heart by everyone when he said it? The world would be so much calmer right now.
The point is that understanding is the key to letting go of anger and hate. It is the key to compromising where everyone can come away from the discussion happy. It is the key to stopping wars, both between countries and between you and your neighbor. Understanding other people and their needs, wants, and thoughts, is the key to happiness with others. When you can only see things from your point of view, and label people according to your beliefs, that’s when fights and wars start.
3. Make Lots Of Mistakes!
Do you beat yourself up about your mistakes? Why? Even Albert Einstein made mistakes, and he came out alright!
We all make mistakes when we try new things. We can’t know how to do everything perfectly, and that’s OK, because we learn as we go. That applies to everything in life. And the more mistakes you make, the more you learn and become skilled.
4. Be Curious About Everything
How can you become a genius like Albert Einstein? Become curious! It opens up your awareness and helps you see things that you would have otherwise missed. It helps you think up and accept new ideas that create a better life. It makes everything more fun. And it keeps you focused on the moment rather than the past or future. In short, curiosity about everything will help you live a life that is fun and full of knowledge.
5. Recognize How Much You Really Know
When people try to tell me how something is, I remember this quote. If they can’t explain what they are talking about simply, then they don’t really know as much as they think they do.
I remember one of my friend’s grandfathers who used to explain things so simply that it was ridiculous. He made everything simple to understand, and it was apparent that he knew a lot.
So, if you find yourself unable to give the simple version of what you think you know, it may be time to go back and study up, research, or learn more before you teach or react to other people.
6. Give For Better Relationships
You make a difference in this world when you give, not when you receive. If you are focused solely on receiving, then you may hold yourself in high regards, but other people won’t. They will not see the benefit in being friends with you or being around you, and you will find yourself more and more alone.
Your power in this world resides in your giving. What you add to it, and what you add to the people’s lives around you, will determine how much you have really done in your life.
7. Keep Your Inner Child Alive
Creativity is important in your life. It helps you work through problems, find new angles, and increases your confidence. It benefits your work life and personal life. It is a tool to help you create the life you want. If you want to keep it alive, you have to keep your inner child alive. Playing sparks your imagine and promotes inspiration. It helps you take a break from the seriousness that can cause a rut and help you get unstuck.
Moreover, when you want others to take notice of what you learn, create, or invent, then you will allow yourself to be more creative and think outside of the box. If you don’t want recognition, then you will stay stuck in the shadow of others and your creativity will lay dormant.
8. Be Grateful
This is one of my favorite Albert Einstein quotes because it shows how grateful he really was. I truly believe that everyone who is grateful receives greatness in life, and this quote stands behind my belief.
Everything you do today is possible because of other people. People have given their life, time, energy, money, sweat, tears, and love so that you can read this article right now, have clean water, have freedom, have the ability to learn whatever you want, and have rights that help you shape the world into a better place.
Be grateful for all of that and then be one of the people who contributes to others. Give back. Make things possible for others. That’s the way the world runs and becomes a better place.
9. Notice The Miracles In Life
You have two ways to spend today. You can complain, wish for more, wonder why life sucks, and avoid doing things. Or, you can be grateful, be curious, enjoy the day, and do as much as you can with it. When you choose the first option, life will feel as if it sucks – you will feel stuck, upset, and off track. But, when you live as if life is a miracle, you will choose the latter and life will become much more fulfilling and happy.
10. Keep Your Awareness Open
Do you think that you know all there is to know? I know many people who think they’ve got it all figured out and have become very rigid in how they live their life and what they will accept into it. But, to me, it seems impossible that there is not more for us to discover – things that will make ourselves happier and the world a better place.
It’s important to stay aware and not get stuck in some ‘internal truth’. Keep your eyes and ears open for new things in life. Question what you think you know and celebrate the things you learn. The more you do, the more you will discover, and that is how secrets are uncovered.
11. Stand Out To Become An Authority
Einstein stood out. People even thought he was crazy. But, then he was known as a genius. His willingness to go against the grain and rebel against the authorities is what helped him learn more and bring forth new awareness and knowledge that made him an authority.
While it seems as though he felt punished by standing out, most of us would love to have this kind of authority over a subject. In this day, becoming an authority is harder to do. Everyone has access to information and can learn the ins and outs of whatever they want. However, only the people who stand out from the crowd will really become a known authority that other people turn to.
12. Ride Your Bicycle And Stay Balanced
If you want balance in your life, then keep moving. Don’t become stagnant in life. Don’t give up. Don’t stop going after what you want most and making conscious moves to improve your life. As long as you are moving forward, you are learning and growing. You are accepting new ideas and beliefs into your life, which are helping you shape your life up into what you want. If you stop moving, you will drop out of one area of life (or more) and suffer the consequences in others.
13. Be Willing To Change
Make change an imperative part of your life. Why? Because when you change, you have to move outside of your comfort zone. You have to gather new experience and learn new things, and that makes you a smarter and more well-rounded human. The people who resist change can’t develop new skills, new insights, and new beliefs in their life. They stay stuck while the people changing grow and become more knowledgeable about their life and other people’s lives too.
14. Create Boundaries In Life
A lot of people think that geniuses lack a sense of judgement, but the truth is that they are just willing to push things a little harder than others. They are willing to try new things. They are willing to look at things differently. They are willing to work hard. However, they do have boundaries in place where they will not do stuff that will harm themselves or others in the process.
Without boundaries, it can be really easy to do and say stupid things. You may feel like you are showing the world how genius you are, but in reality you are just putting your happiness, relationships, health, or sanity at risk.
15. Stop Doing What Doesn’t Work
There is a lot of debate as to whether or not ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’ should actually be considered one of Albert Einstein quotes or not, but he did say that you can’t solve a problem from the same level of consciousness as what created it, which is pretty much the same thing!
If something is not working in your life, then you need to become more aware of why it is not working and what you can do about it. If you don’t open up your awareness to new possibilities or ways of doing things, then you will always keep doing what doesn’t work for you.