9 Life Lessons from the Father of Modern Physics

German-Born physicist Albert Einstein is not only known as the father of modern medicine but as a pioneer in the field of mathematics and physics. He was an exceptionally gifted man, with an estimated IQ of 190. Some say that his IQ was even 205. The IQ of an average person is around 90-110 and anyone with an IQ above the 130 range is considered to be a gifted individual.

Einstein is responsible for the most fundamental theories to be taught in physics and still being taughts in schools all over the world today. His theory of relativity is still the subject or research, innovation and a stepping ground for scientific breakthroughs. Founding one of the two pillars of modern physics, even though a few understand it completely, many have heard of his famous formula: E=mc2

His achievements went beyond theories in textbooks as he was awarded the Nobel prize for physics in 1921. Einstein was way ahead of his times and a lot of his theories including the theory of relativity was met with controversy for being so forward.

The knowledge of Einstein was not just limited to physics and math. He was known to often speak profoundly on his views of life and philosophy.

There is no doubt that we can learn a lot from this powerhouse of a man. Some of the things that he said will always hold true and here are just a few of his words of wisdom that give invaluable takeaways for any individual.

Do something that matters
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”

Einstein was a man who did not believe in conventional success. He instead believed in doing something that would not just give him personal gain, but benefit mankind. So when you are making your choices, make sure that they follow you values. You may not gain as much success as choosing a path that goes against your values. But you will be able to sleep peacefully at night.

Dare to think differently
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”

Our instinct always tells us to stay in our safe zone. But it is only out of your comfort zone where growth can happen. If a certain situation caused a problem, you can only best solve it if you step out of that situation. So, do not be afraid to think outside of the box.

Take responsibility for your own actions
“You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.”

One of the main traits of successful people is that they never play the blame game. No matter what, you must always take responsibility for your actions and their consequences, instead of blaming outside forces.

It’s okay to be different
“If I were to start taking care of my grooming, I would no longer be my own self.”

We all feel pressured to look like others because of our need to feel accepted. But the way to success is setting your priorities right. You can work on your passion, your intellect and your goals in life, or you can work towards trying to be like someone else. It’s not always about fitting in but standing out. So don’t be afraid to show the world who you really are.

Derive inspiration from nature
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

The best inventors have looked to nature for their best inventions. You can almost say that the best inventions are actually discoveries that the natural world around us already employs. Einstein himself was a student of nature and was awed by its wonders. So step outside. Look to nature for inspiration. It will expand you mind.

Be tolerant and open-minded
“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.”

Too often, science and religion seem to crash, but Einstein believed that these two seemingly opposite institutions can actually take heed from one another. Remember, the world is not always black and white but millions of levels of gray in between. You can learn to respect and take inspirations from beliefs other than your own. Be open. Be tolerant.

Be bold enough to question your superiors
“Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.”

Too often people do not speak up to their bosses, or managers because they are afraid of the consequences. But the worst of consequences is not to question the actions of your superiors at all. Don’t be a sheep and follow blindly. Be vocal. Make your voice heard.

Be open to diversity
“I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being, and only a human being, without any special attachment to any state or national entity whatsoever.”

Einstein thought of himself just as a human being and never judge anyone on the basis of their cultural or religious background. And he got a lot done by not delving on these differences. Do the same. Remove all prejudices. You never know who may be able to inspire or assist you in your endeavors.

Always maintain your child-like curiosity
“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”

Einstein achieved so much because he was consistently curious about everything. Be that child that you once were. Ask questions, and wonder. Remember, there are no silly questions and not limits to curiosity. You will learn so much in the process.