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Einstein’s theory of happiness

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In 1922, short off his Nobel prize in physics, Einstein traveled to Tokyo to deliver a 4-hour lecture at the Imperial Palace. But he also left someone an important message on happiness.

Out of tip money at his hotel, Einstein instead gave his Japanese courier a nugget of wisdom:

“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.”

In other words, be a little more tortoise-y and a little less harish. Nearly a century later, Einstein is still reminding us to enjoy life’s process.

Read Einstein’s Note On Happiness, Given To Bellboy In 1922, Fetches $1.6 Million

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Why is the sky blue?

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Great minds don’t think alike; they think different. That’s how we got great thinkers like Einstein and Steve Jobs. They excelled in breaking tradition.

Something happens when people reject the status quo.  By going in the opposite direction, new possibilities come to light.

For Einstein, it was reversing traditional physics.  It wasn’t light that was relative, it was time and space.  For Steve Jobs, it was building the personal computer so that everyone could become an artist.

Rebellion is a mentality of pioneers who don’t compete but rise above sidedness altogether.

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Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.

Albert Einstein
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The Case for Blunders by Freeman Dyson | The New York Review of Books

The inventor of a brilliant idea cannot tell whether it is right or wrong. Livio quotes the psychologist David Kahneman describing how theories are born: “We can’t live in a state of perpetual doubt, so we make up the best story possible and we live as if the story were true.” A theory that began as a wild guess ends as a firm belief. Humans need beliefs in order to live, and great scientists are no exception. Great scientists produce right theories and wrong theories, and believe in them with equal conviction.

Theories are guideposts for action but you also have to be willing to be wrong since all life is an experiment anyway.

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The more absurd the idea, the better

 

“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.”

— Albert Einstein

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Einstein on combinatorial creativity

“Words do not play any role in my thought; instead, I think in signs and images which I can copy and combine.”

Albert Einstein