Kind of interesting when you come across Success Lessons from those before us that have made a difference. Here are some I ran across from Albert Einstein:
1. Keep your mind open
“The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.”
If we think we already know something, we stop learning, we stop questioning, we stop innovating, and, inevitably, we stop improving. Do not let your dysfunctional beliefs, your negative experiences or your education, keep you from moving forward. Sometimes the best way to make a breakthrough in life is to leave your heavy baggage of knowledge behind. I would add drink a lot more water during your day to increase the clarity of your mind. There is something about rehydrating your brain to increase sharpness, clarity and energy.
2. Get curious
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
Curiosity is one of those rare qualities we learn from our children. It is what keeps us young, interested, engaged and fascinated. Curious people are “seekers” – they not only try get to the bottom of things, but embrace new experiences and actively look for challenges that will stretch them, whether that involves making new friendships or learning new skills.
And while everyone knows exactly what curiosity feels like, we often forget to apply it to our day-to-day lives (even to things and people we think we know most about!) When we approach the world with a curious mind and an opened heart, there is simply no reason to feel bored, cynical or unmotivated.
“It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.”
How long are you willing to stick with your goals or look for solutions to your problems? How about 5 or 10 per cent longer than you normally would? A lot of times it will be enough to turn your luck around and help you to become successful. Write out your goals on paper and see them with your own eyes, feel empowered to know exactly what you want and start working on ways to get the outcome you want to achieve. Just because one way doesn’t work out doesn’t mean another way won’t.
4. Welcome mistakes
“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
Making mistakes is a necessary part of being successful. Not only by making mistakes we learn what does not work, but some of these mistakes actually turn into happy accidents that adjust the course of our professional or personal path and guide us in the right direction.
5. Change your attitude to change your life!!
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
Your reality is a reflection of your thoughts. A cause of every problem or every challenging situation that we have brought upon ourselves is rooted deep into our past negative thinking patterns. We can not change our past. But we can change the way we choose to respond to these problems and situations Right This Moment.
Sometimes choosing to emotionally let go of the problem is the fastest way to make it disappear. Start seeing yourself as being valuable, feel the emotions to give it more power to bring it to you!
6. Live in the moment
“I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.”
Having goals and thinking about where you want to be physically, financially and professionally is crucial for our success. Correctly chosen goals, as road signs, point our efforts in the right direction and help us to stay focused. However, having plans for the future is not the same as obsessing over everything that might or might not happen 5-10 years from now
7. Create Value
“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
The way I see it, there are two choices when it comes to attaining success and making money: you can either concentrate on what you want to get from life and those around you, or you can concentrate on how your business, services, products or your efforts can add value to the world around you.
If you concentrate on the first, you can make a decent living, but only if you concentrate on adding value, you can be truly considered a successful person.
8. Seek experience, not information
“Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.”
You can learn about certain subject all you want, but you will never truly grasp it until you put your knowledge to practice and turn it into your personal experience. Act on the information to gain the momentum you want to see!
9. Always do your best
“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”
Success in itself is an ability to do something better than most people would do it. If you want to be successful in any area of life the rules are always the same – try harder, persist longer and practice more than you normally would.
10. Take Risks
“Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.”
Common sense is a great tool that can contribute to our success, if used moderately. However, being too cautious and always choosing the most “achievable” goals is what keeps so many people living below their God-given potential.
11. Focus on What Matters Most
“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.”
This is a sign that hung in Einstein’s Princeton University office as a reminder of the truly important things in life. To him it was love and happiness.