Today’s tip for Amazingness:
What you and I can Learn from Albert Einstein
Rellllaaxx, I don’t mean Physics!
Albert Einstein was born in 1879 and was immediately thought to be too fat and his head too large and misshapen, leading his family to believe he was a monstrosity and most likely developmentally delayed or worse. Historical accounts tell us his doctor assured the family he was fine and in a short while his head rounded out and was more balanced giving great relief to his family, other than his grandmother who still felt he was too fat.
In addition to an awkward start Einstein was very slow to speak, some say he did not speak until age 4. We do know that he was very slow in speech until age 9. He would think out each sentence before speaking it and sometimes practice it under his breath and when satisfied would speak it out. This also added to the concern that he would not develop normally and may have delays. In addition to his childhood concerns, Einstein was never very good at math! He relied on others to help him with the mathematics to support his physics.
History has shown us that Einsteins parents should not have worried so much, that in fact the opposite of their concerns was true and their son was a genius. We also know that many exceptionally bright children are slow to speak and that we can not be so quick to judge. What about you? I wrote the above to make us think. Sometimes we look at the “evidence” in front of us and conclude many negative things. We say things like “I will never be anything more than what I am”, “I’m only a_______”, “I can’t because_______”…. Your attitude can make this be self-fulfilling or not.
Take the phrase “I’m only a____”. Einstein was a Patent clerk , but he did some of his greatest work in his spare time during this time. He could not find a teaching position and took the job that was available! He could have felt like a failure and said “I’m only a Patent clerk” and this decision would have had a huge impact on science and our way of thinking. Einstein also continued his education during this time and received his Doctorate. The point being? Keep after what you want and believe in, even if you are only a ______.
One of the things I like about Einstein is his everyday way of “speaking” when he writes. If you have never read any of his works you should, they are very readable! I especially like many of the quotes we have by him. Though we know he was a genius, I have not forgotten, his quotes are pretty down to earth and I think apply to us as well. Take a look at these quotes and apply them to yourself:
- Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning
- Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value
- Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school
- The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination
- Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere
- It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer
- A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new
- I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious
- Never memorize something that you can look up
- Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds
These are all pretty practical and applicable for us all. In a recent blog post we looked at how our brains respond to curiosity and we learned that being curious makes us better learners even if we aren’t interested in the subject. My encouragement to you is to stay curious, keep learning, and keep trying. You never know, we may be talking about your brain in the future! Be amazing, think amazing thoughts!
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My journey to amazing:
My Shaklee Life: My husband and I love having a Shaklee business. We enjoy the income it brings in, but more than that we really love the fact that every day I get to help someone else be healthier and help them be their best version of themselves. We love what Shaklee means to the environment and community as well! In our journey to amazing I – Lisa intend to grow my business and help more people and have fun in the process. If you’d like to learn more about Shaklee email us at email@example.com.
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100 Days to Amazing! You can do amazing things. I believe you can; you believe you can too!
What the 100 Days is about:
I was at the Shaklee Global Conference August 12-16th and we were challenged to 100 Days of Amazing with the question of what could we accomplish in 100 days if we really tried? I was inspired by the challenge, both as a business builder who wants to grow my business in 100 days and as an individual! What could I do in 100 days? This blog is a journey, an exercise in learning ways to be the best me, I can be and to help you be the best you, you can be while I’m at it!
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