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10 Kick Ass Lessons We Can All Learn From Albert Einstein

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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The word “Einstein” has become universally associated with being intelligent.  Although not all of us are physicists like him, the way he lived and worked has inspired people to have the same attitude towards life.

Here are just some of the things you can learn from the great and amazingly successful Albert Einstein:

 

The Top 10 Lessons From The Late Great Albert Einsten!

 

1. Don’t Be Afraid To Push The Envelope:

Even back as a teenager, Einstein wasn’t afraid to challenge other people’s views.  At school, he butted heads with the administration over how students were being taught; Einstein believed that critical thinking was important in learning rather than memorization.

Einstein wouldn’t have enjoyed his success if he backed down every time someone disagreed with his views.  Some of his theories weren’t immediately accepted by the scientific community, but he carried on and eventually changed the way the world looked at the universe.

 

2. Don’t Take Yourself So Seriously All The Time:

When Einstein became famous in America, people began to recognize him on the street to explain his theories.  He would humorously reply, “Pardon me, sorry! Always I am mistaken for Professor Einstein.”

Given the nature of his work (which was intensely cerebral), one would think that a world-changing scientist like Einstein wouldn’t have a humorous side.  However, Einstein’s quest for success didn’t require him to be serious all the time – and neither should you.

In fact, not sweating the small stuff and having just a bit of irreverence will preserve your sanity in the long run.  If Einstein took his work seriously all the time, he probably would have gone nuts!

 

3. Just Show Up To Do The Work:

Like everyone else, Einstein probably never felt like working all the time – we all have our off-days.  But his success and the incredible body of work he’s done proves that he still kept at it despite not feeling particularly motivated on certain days.  He understands that emotions should take a backseat to the overall purpose of what you’re doing.

 

4. Be Cool With Criticism:

Like all great minds, Einstein knew that not everyone will agree or appreciate what he did.  Even then, he wasn’t burdened by a need to please his critics.  Instead, he took it as a challenge to learn from their feedback and inspired him to work even harder to prove them wrong.

If you focus on pleasing your critics, you’ll end up wasting your time and energy instead of doing something productive.

 

5. Embrace Failure:

Physics may be an exact science, but no scientist ever got it right the first time around.  Einstein knows that success is a process of learning. The only purpose of his mistakes was to teach him so he could go back to the drawing board and try again.

One of the biggest things holding us back is the fear of failure.  In the long run, not trying at all feels a lot worse than trying but failing.  That’s because with the latter, you still made progress and learned what NOT to do!

 

6. The Small Things Add Up:

Reaching success feels like a faraway place for a lot of us – this makes some people not want to try at all.  Why bother if it’s going to take forever anyway, right?

Wrong.  Einstein solved physics problems by putting in the daily effort even if he didn’t get it all done right away.  He had the end goal in mind, and he knew that each step he took brought him closer to the eventual goal that was waiting for him at the end.

The work you put in at a given time might not seem like much, but remember that in the big picture, it contributes to the greater whole of your work.

 

7. Be Unselfish:

While Einstein’s success brought him worldwide fame and adoration, the point of his work was to help humanity advance as a species.  He didn’t do it with the intention of being rich or powerful.  Einstein put the common good of mankind at the forefront of his work and this motivated him to do what he did throughout his life.

It’s important to remember that we don’t only live for ourselves.  When we generously do things for other people without a heavy heart, it makes the world a better place and helps us become better human beings in the process.

 

8. March To Your Own Beat:

Einstein was famous for expressing his contempt for people who blindly followed others without thinking for themselves.

If we let other people tell us what we can or can’t do, then success will always elude us.  We may all have our share of naysayers, but that doesn’t mean we should let those people tell us who we are or take their opinions as the gospel truth.

We’ve been blessed with the ability to think for ourselves and go after what we truly want.  The world would have been a very different place if Einstein listened to people who once told him that he “would never amount to anything.”

 

9. Stay Hungry:

Einstein didn’t consider himself as having a special talent, but someone who was “passionately curious”.  When he came out with a new theory or scientific paper, he didn’t stop at that and call it a day.

All throughout his prolific career, he always sought new things to discover and learn.  Einstein was always committed to growing – adopting this simple habit in your own life guarantees you’ll consistently accomplish worthwhile things.  Never be complacent – the most dangerous assumption to have is that you’ve done it all.

 

10. Keep At It:

You’ll run into inevitable setbacks like anyone else pursuing their dreams.  But this isn’t a reason for you to pack up and go home.  It’s only there to test how badly you want to see your dreams through.  Above all, Einstein valued his ability to stay with problems longer rather than his intellect!

Bonus – 10 Albert Einstein Quotes To Live By:

1.Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.” – Albert Einstein

2. “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein

3. “The important thing is not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein

4. “Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” – Albert Einstein

5. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.” – Albert Einstein

6.Falling in love is not at all the most stupid thing that people do — but gravitation cannot be held responsible for it.” – Albert Einstein

7. “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” – Albert Einstein

8. “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

9. “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value”Albert Einstein

10. “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” – Albert Einstein

 

Article By Joel Brown | Addicted2Success.com

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 100 million lives in the last 6 and a half years.

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  1. top kadir

    Jan 14, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Amazing blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m
    a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like
    Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out
    there that I’m totally confused .. Any suggestions? Many thanks!

  2. เอเจนซี่โฆษณา

    Sep 29, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on albert einstein. Regards

  3. jasminejaiswal143@gmail.com

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:50 am

    thankyou for the great comment………

  4. Molson

    May 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Thank YOU Sir Curtis – your comment was an eye-opener. Not that I knew of if beforehand. However, reading it afresh JUST gave me the inspiration I needed right now to pursue something I had decided (wrongly) to put off or elude. So, thank you!

  5. sisterleadership

    Mar 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    A great list here – it’s so interesting to examine how such brilliant people work & live! I’ve been doing the same with Da Vinci over at my blog across several different posts. ~Cam

  6. ravi janardhan

    Mar 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Learnt e=mc2 as a kid, nothing abt its significance.

    If only there is this post too alongside, it would have made a hell lot of sense!

    Thanks for sharing this awesome stuff.

  7. Curtis Carpenter

    Mar 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    if you want to swim jump off a pear and see only two things will happen eathier your curcumstances will force you to swim and you will swim or your going to drown and are going to continue drowing until you swim. and that is what life is you will eathier sink or swim with anything its your choice and your choice alone you have to want it you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone and be willing to learn or belieave in yourself at the very least.

  8. daniel adjei

    Mar 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    more word

  9. Dianne McLaren

    Dec 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks Joel.. Great lessons,quotes and observations on the great man…

  10. KDEER

    Sep 25, 2012 at 6:02 am

    TRUE LINES….. GREAT WORDS GREAT THINKER…..

  11. Victoria Drake

    Jun 6, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Great words to live by! Gotta love Einstein!

  12. pam

    May 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    He was Jewish and a very spiritual man. I love his comments on the effects of the disconnect between science and religions. From the things that have been quoted from him the end result of his work in New Mexico (the atom bomb) was very devastating to him, even though it did end the war.

    Thanks for these, he was an incredible person.

  13. MaryAnn

    Mar 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

    It is always thought provocative to read the insight of those who have walked their path – even as they have passed on – they leave their brilliance here for us to observe, interpret, grow into and undertand on our continuing journey! Love it!

  14. michael

    Feb 18, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I know the feeling all too well. Thanks for the post, gives me the last bit of energy i need to cap off the year and get to the start gate…

  15. Paul Foster

    Jan 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    It’s interesting to me that a narrow mind would think of Einstien as a high IQ or analytically intelligent person. When reading the list, the points have nothing to do with IQ and more to do with practical intelligence (street smarts), creative intelligence and other qualities independent of IQ. I suspect his success more more to do with the above than high IQ. Thanks for the great info.

  16. Arthur R

    Jan 21, 2012 at 2:34 am

    albert einstein is king, one of the best to ever do it, love these lessons man.

  17. Damon Hauntas

    Jan 21, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Incredible Post. I will live by all 10 Lessons, love the quotes, love this site. thanks Joel.

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The 3 C’s of Leadership That Determines Your Success

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Have you caught the seasonal flu or a common cold this winter season? If so, you likely received advice to drink a glass of orange juice for the benefits associated with consuming Vitamin C. To repair an immune system that has been weakened by the common cold or flu, Vitamin C can provide the body with nutrition that can expedite recovery time. When it comes to exhibiting positive leadership behaviors there exists three qualities that also begin with the letter “C” and are helpful.  

To receive the Vitamin C’s of leadership, you must start with a desire to improve. One camp might endorse that you find mentorship from a senior colleague. Another person or group may recommend that you spend more time reading articles or books discussing leadership experiences and advice. With either point of origin, it can open a path to growth and improvement as a leader. However, you chose to proceed with the second inquiry which is why you are here!

We often believe that leadership is a cumbersome and daunting process. It can be difficult, but if we are strategic about cultivating a few characteristics, the mountain to positive impact is a little more feasible to climb. From school teachers and administrators to business executives and their employees, I have found that all great leaders possess a minimum of three dominant characteristics.

These three dominant features can provide an individual with the strength to continue during the difficult times that often accompany leadership; they are similar to the Vitamin C that can make you feel better when battling a cold or the flu.

Enough already, what are the Vitamin C’s of leadership and success? See below:

1. Confidence

Leaders believe in themselves and the people they serve. This positive self-awareness or confidence that effective leaders have, often radiates in every aspect of their work from communication with others to informed decisions. One strategy you can use to develop confidence is the commitment to being the first one to speak during a meeting or class. Successful leaders are willing to express themselves in a variety of capacities, even when they may possess less common viewpoints or modes of behavior.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

2. Competency

Building on the importance of confidence, effective leadership is about being able to create a personal development plan that consistently encourages you to improve. Some of the most revered leaders in our society, strategically make time to read daily. Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey are two of the most common examples of this relentless thirst for knowledge.

They have committed to life-long learning that continues, despite reaching nearly every financial and business goal possible. To become more competent, you can create a schedule that allows for the investment in activities such as reading articles and books to stay informed.

3. Charisma

You might call it SWAG or a gift, but the ability to attract other people who support you and your work are essential. It is not necessary to resemble a supermodel to get people to like you, but you do need to carry yourself with a certain level of pride to effectively encourage others to follow your advice and instructions.

Charisma is a byproduct of possessing confidence in yourself to serve as a useful leader. You can build more charisma in your life, by being more mindful to genuinely listen and respond to your colleagues, family, and friends in conversations. Don’t allow yourself to become intimidated by the responsibilities that can come with the roles of a leader.

“I attract a crowd, not because I’m an extrovert or I’m over the top or I’m oozing with charisma. It’s because I care.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

In many cases, you would not be in the position to earn followers without the necessary qualifications or skill set. Excelling in leadership is possible for you when you are consistent with tapping into the power of the Vitamin C’s of leadership and success.

Confidence, Competency, and Charisma can offer a bountiful number of resources to serve others in authoritative roles of professional and personal environments. Confident leaders believe in themselves, their products, and their services. Competent leaders commit to a lifetime of learning. Charismatic leaders make use of their confidence to attract other people who can support the vision of a group or individual. With the engagement of consistent activities and the reinforcement from positive examples of leadership, nothing is impossible for you to achieve!

How do you display confidence, competency, and charisma on a daily basis with people? Let us know your advice below!

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10 Amazing Leadership Lessons From Design Thinking

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Leadership is a challenging proposition in a world of disruptions and changes due to the rate of change being overwhelming. How do leaders cope with constant changes, enormous expectations and an unpredictable future? Well, a lot of the top organisations including Pepsi, Nike, Apple and Google use Design Thinking for leadership matters.

Design thinking is coming up with visual patterns that lead to the desired solutions. In other words, it is about connecting the dots to come up with solutions to practical problems that you want to solve. The Design thinking approach is widely appreciated and adopted by leaders around the globe.

Below, we look at 10 intriguing leadership lessons from design thinking:

1. Solution Focused Approach

Design thinking helps leaders to develop a solution centric mindset. The emphasis is on identifying and defining the core problem and then arriving at the best solution. Corporates and teams are looking for leaders who have a solution focused approach. The best leaders understand that they create value by offering solutions to complex problems. They resolve conflicts, solve problems and relish the idea of making the difference.

2. Connect the Dots

Leaders need to look at the complete picture for connecting and correlating things. Design thinking provides visualisation of the problem, constraints, desired solution and complete picture of things. It is a great way leaders can visualise abstract concepts. Leaders can use visual mapping of the assumptions, constraints, existing state and the goal state to align their teams in the right direction.

3. Empathy & Inclusiveness

Leadership starts with empathy. To earn the respect of your team, clients and other people involved, it is important to show empathy and understand their needs. When you care for your team, customers and other stakeholders, they in turn care for you. Design thinking starts with the end users in mind; it creates a thinking framework where you build empathy and inclusiveness.

4. Constant Improvement with Regular Feedback

The design thinking methodology involves iterations and user feedback for continuous improvement of products and services. Feedback is crucial for growth and improvement. Also, what works today may not work tomorrow thus it is important for leaders to touch base with ground reality and ensure consistent improvements. A leader needs to provide constant feedback for improvement of products, services and individuals. Consistent improvement and a growth mindset is crucial for success.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

5. Open Mindedness

Design thinking encourages experiments, creativity and innovation. When working on different concepts and ideas, leaders need to be open minded which helps create an environment of learning and experimentation. They build individuals and teams that take pride in their work. Open minded leaders are continuously seeking ways to improve things, because they welcome divergent ideas that may challenge or stretch them with an open mind.

6. Empower Team and Create Synergy

Design thinking empowers everyone to contribute effectively. It encourages the teams to work collaboratively and creates a synergising effect. When everyone has a say during the development of a product or service, teams feel empowered. The team feels accountable for results and takes complete ownership of things. Leaders can use design thinking for listening to people, getting them to contribute ideas, and empowering them with opportunities to make a difference.

7. Sense of Purpose

In an era of distractions, it is hard for teams to stay focused. People are more focused and productive when they know what they are doing and why they are doing it. Leaders can use design thinking for clarity and articulating their vision. A great leader effectively communicates the purpose & mission of their work to connect everyone. Teams are more likely to achieve their goals when they are given clear and consistent messages.

8. Dealing with Uncertainties

Dealing with change is hard. It gets even harder when you don’t know what is going to change. In the technology driven world, companies need to be well prepared to face competition not just from the competitors but also from digital innovations. With design thinking leaders can evaluate options, see the complete picture of things and choose the best options. Design thinking is a strategy that relies on iterations, feedback and constant improvement to deal with the changing times.

“Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.” -. William Congreve

9. Decisiveness

A leader needs to make decisions all the time. Some of these decisions are crucial in shaping the lives of individuals and organisations. Design thinking helps leaders to improve their decision making by offering alternatives and complete visualisation of information. Leaders can overcome biases and take informed decisions when they are presented with alternatives. Design thinking is now being employed by corporates in different areas of their company to make strategic decisions.

10. Persistence

Great leaders are persistent and never give up their pursuit until they reach their goals. Design thinking is a journey that requires persistence. It is an ongoing process to reach excellence. It is a process that teaches leaders to observe incremental additions, iterate and persist till the desired solution is achieved.

Leaders are learners. They learn from the past, keep an eye on the present and evolve with changing demands of the future. Design thinking is playing an increasingly vital role in creating more effective leaders. These leaders are capable of building strong teams, solve complex problems, show empathy and constantly improvise to unleash great value for everyone involved. Design thinking is a sure fire way for leaders to ensure that the sum total of the team is greater than the sum of their individual parts.

How will you use design thinking for your own business or job? Let us know in the comments below!

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What If You Never Took Another Selfie Again?

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That’s the question I want you to ponder right now.

What if taking a selfie only made the world ignore you?
What if life is not all about you?
What if no one cares who you took a photo with?

And finally, how did we ever live without selfies before the front-facing camera got invented?

Instead of taking a selfie do this:

Try focusing on other people.
Try not to document every moment.
Try to think about life before selfies.

We all take selfies because that’s what we were told to do.
And that’s exactly why we need to question this habitual flaw that we’re now indulging in.

 

I have A/B tested selfies vs. no selfies.

The result? When I took photos of cool stuff like mountains in Japan and shared a profound thought, people liked that more than a selfie with my overly large head in it. I’ve done this test multiple times over the last few years.

The result is always the same. People are over you and your selfies.

 

It’s not about “I” it’s about “We.”

Sounds cliché, and that’s because most brilliant advice is.

Selfies have deluded us into thinking that life is about us and our big audacious goals. Where life will change for you is when you focus on the “We.”

Everything I write is for the audience I want to inspire. It’s not to show off or to share dumb selfies of me in a weak attempt to appear superior.

 

Selfies cause your followers to compare themselves to you.

And that’s not fair. If each of us tried to be the same, then society would be pretty dull.

“We don’t need a selfie to teach us how to copy each other and be jealous little so-and-sos who want to win a beauty pagan of nothingness”

You’re so much better than a selfie.

I believe you care about your followers so let’s stop drowning them in selfies. Selfies are proving nothing to no one. Selfies stop you from standing out in the crowd and inspiring others.

 

The time you spend “selfieing” could be used for…..

Enjoying this current moment and the breath you have in your lungs. One day that breath is going to stop and all that time selfieing won’t matter. You’re literally using up magical moments trying to take a hundred selfies that you filter and post, hoping for perfection.

Perfection is ugly.

“Right now, is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen if you’ll only stop selfieing and notice it”

 

Life before selfies….

Life was much the same. The selfie didn’t put us on Cloud 9 with a bunch of our fantasies and an unlimited amount of cash being shot up into the sky via an air cannon.

Life before selfies was fun.
We ate our food instead of looking at it with our phones and letting it get cold.
We had phenomenal conversations with our friends instead of taking endless, mindless selfies.

Life before selfies was not about one’s self.
You took photos of other people. Often, you took two photos max instead of fifty in a row.

I’d like you to imagine a life without selfies.

What does the selfie really mean to you and can you live without it?

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Build From Within – Why Success Is All About People

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What is it that makes a company successful? Money? Technology? A driven CEO? While money certainly doesn’t hurt, technology is essential and it’s nice to have a well poised leader. These things are not what guarantees success in a corporation. It is all about the people. The employees working for an organization are the backbone of the company. Without great people, success can only go so far.

And if this is indeed true, successful business models should revolve around people – attracting top talent, and retaining them. Before ever serving external customers, companies should serve internally. This is where true success is built.

Walid Halty, founder of Dvinci energy, explains 3 reasons as to why people are the bottom line of success and how to build a team for continued growth:

1. Success Comes From Within

How do you continuously create an impeccable experience for your customers? While you may start listing out things such as innovation, efficient delivery and quality, you’d be wrong. All of those factors are quite necessary to attract and retain happy clients. At the same time, you never have to worry about any of that if you have a dedicated and talented team behind your organization or business. When your employees are happy with their work and love what they do, they automatically do great work every single day.

So, how do you get dedicated and talented individuals in your business, and how do you retain them? Dedicated and talented people all share a couple commonalities. They love to be challenged, and they love to grow. You need to challenge your people and give them opportunities to grow: “We have a culture that demands the best out of people. We offer them world class training and give opportunities for growth within our company. We invest in our people: ”Challenge and grow your people, and they will challenge and grow your business.

2. A Balancing Act

Gone are the 12 hour work days and good riddance! There is a new reality in the interconnected and digital world that we live in today. That reality is that there is an abundance of opportunity for anyone who strives for it. People don’t want to miss soccer games, dance recitals and family dinner time. They want balance. They want to do fulfilling, good work at a place where they feel valued, engaged and share a common vision. If this is not the case, then they will be willing to explore other opportunities if they don’t get exactly what they’re looking for.

“Your people don’t need your company’s way of making money, they need a community that creates purpose and order in their lives and an environment that empowers them rather than tries to hold them down out of fear.”

Find out what your people want and then do your best to give it to them. Flexible programs like remote work and adjustable schedules go a long way in making your employees happy and bringing balance: “At Dvinci, we consistently ask our people, what can we be doing better? How can we better serve you? How do WE make doing your job easier?”

You have to care about your people and what they experience on a daily basis when they come to work for you. Deliver a positive people experience, and you will retain your top talent, and they will share your vision and your success.

3. Happiness is a Choice

Emotions are at the root of all the decisions we make. We make hundreds of choices a day, and we make those decisions based off what we think will make us happy. They are why our customers buy from us, and it is why our employees stay with us. We all want to operate in a world (and a place of work) where we have the ability to control our happiness and improve our lives. This simple truth is one of the foundations companies should build their business models around.

Give your people a choice. Allow them to make decisions on how successful they want to be, how much money they want to earn, and what kind of impact they want to have based on what they believe will make them happy. Put the ball in their court. Allow your people to decide to be happy. By doing this, your top talent will excel and your employees will be happy.

“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek

In case you’ve ever been curious about how to make your business more profitable, more innovative or have a bigger impact, the answer lies within. Serve your people first. Build a community of inspired, engaged and talented employees.

Build your business model around people. The rest will fall into place naturally. When you focus on people, they will care about your business, they will care about your mission and they will care about your customers.

Do you think building from within will equal more success? Share your thoughts with us below!

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How to Get Better at Anything by Using This Self Encouragement Practice

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Whether you’re turning your sidehustle into a career, sculpting a fitter body, or perfecting your favourite sport, getting better at anything requires a simple yet specific sequence: (more…)

Daniel Dowling is waging a war against distraction at MillennialSuccess.io, where he teaches the art of planning and making sh!# happen.

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  1. top kadir

    Jan 14, 2017 at 5:06 am

    Amazing blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m
    a little lost on everything. Would you propose starting with a free platform like
    Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out
    there that I’m totally confused .. Any suggestions? Many thanks!

  2. เอเจนซี่โฆษณา

    Sep 29, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on albert einstein. Regards

  3. jasminejaiswal143@gmail.com

    Oct 10, 2013 at 9:50 am

    thankyou for the great comment………

  4. Molson

    May 22, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Thank YOU Sir Curtis – your comment was an eye-opener. Not that I knew of if beforehand. However, reading it afresh JUST gave me the inspiration I needed right now to pursue something I had decided (wrongly) to put off or elude. So, thank you!

  5. sisterleadership

    Mar 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    A great list here – it’s so interesting to examine how such brilliant people work & live! I’ve been doing the same with Da Vinci over at my blog across several different posts. ~Cam

  6. ravi janardhan

    Mar 9, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Learnt e=mc2 as a kid, nothing abt its significance.

    If only there is this post too alongside, it would have made a hell lot of sense!

    Thanks for sharing this awesome stuff.

  7. Curtis Carpenter

    Mar 9, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    if you want to swim jump off a pear and see only two things will happen eathier your curcumstances will force you to swim and you will swim or your going to drown and are going to continue drowing until you swim. and that is what life is you will eathier sink or swim with anything its your choice and your choice alone you have to want it you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone and be willing to learn or belieave in yourself at the very least.

  8. daniel adjei

    Mar 8, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    more word

  9. Dianne McLaren

    Dec 30, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks Joel.. Great lessons,quotes and observations on the great man…

  10. KDEER

    Sep 25, 2012 at 6:02 am

    TRUE LINES….. GREAT WORDS GREAT THINKER…..

  11. Victoria Drake

    Jun 6, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Great words to live by! Gotta love Einstein!

  12. pam

    May 1, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    He was Jewish and a very spiritual man. I love his comments on the effects of the disconnect between science and religions. From the things that have been quoted from him the end result of his work in New Mexico (the atom bomb) was very devastating to him, even though it did end the war.

    Thanks for these, he was an incredible person.

  13. MaryAnn

    Mar 4, 2012 at 12:13 am

    It is always thought provocative to read the insight of those who have walked their path – even as they have passed on – they leave their brilliance here for us to observe, interpret, grow into and undertand on our continuing journey! Love it!

  14. michael

    Feb 18, 2012 at 6:37 am

    I know the feeling all too well. Thanks for the post, gives me the last bit of energy i need to cap off the year and get to the start gate…

  15. Paul Foster

    Jan 24, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    It’s interesting to me that a narrow mind would think of Einstien as a high IQ or analytically intelligent person. When reading the list, the points have nothing to do with IQ and more to do with practical intelligence (street smarts), creative intelligence and other qualities independent of IQ. I suspect his success more more to do with the above than high IQ. Thanks for the great info.

  16. Arthur R

    Jan 21, 2012 at 2:34 am

    albert einstein is king, one of the best to ever do it, love these lessons man.

  17. Damon Hauntas

    Jan 21, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Incredible Post. I will live by all 10 Lessons, love the quotes, love this site. thanks Joel.

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The 3 C’s of Leadership That Determines Your Success

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Have you caught the seasonal flu or a common cold this winter season? If so, you likely received advice to drink a glass of orange juice for the benefits associated with consuming Vitamin C. To repair an immune system that has been weakened by the common cold or flu, Vitamin C can provide the body with nutrition that can expedite recovery time. When it comes to exhibiting positive leadership behaviors there exists three qualities that also begin with the letter “C” and are helpful.  

To receive the Vitamin C’s of leadership, you must start with a desire to improve. One camp might endorse that you find mentorship from a senior colleague. Another person or group may recommend that you spend more time reading articles or books discussing leadership experiences and advice. With either point of origin, it can open a path to growth and improvement as a leader. However, you chose to proceed with the second inquiry which is why you are here!

We often believe that leadership is a cumbersome and daunting process. It can be difficult, but if we are strategic about cultivating a few characteristics, the mountain to positive impact is a little more feasible to climb. From school teachers and administrators to business executives and their employees, I have found that all great leaders possess a minimum of three dominant characteristics.

These three dominant features can provide an individual with the strength to continue during the difficult times that often accompany leadership; they are similar to the Vitamin C that can make you feel better when battling a cold or the flu.

Enough already, what are the Vitamin C’s of leadership and success? See below:

1. Confidence

Leaders believe in themselves and the people they serve. This positive self-awareness or confidence that effective leaders have, often radiates in every aspect of their work from communication with others to informed decisions. One strategy you can use to develop confidence is the commitment to being the first one to speak during a meeting or class. Successful leaders are willing to express themselves in a variety of capacities, even when they may possess less common viewpoints or modes of behavior.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

2. Competency

Building on the importance of confidence, effective leadership is about being able to create a personal development plan that consistently encourages you to improve. Some of the most revered leaders in our society, strategically make time to read daily. Warren Buffett and Oprah Winfrey are two of the most common examples of this relentless thirst for knowledge.

They have committed to life-long learning that continues, despite reaching nearly every financial and business goal possible. To become more competent, you can create a schedule that allows for the investment in activities such as reading articles and books to stay informed.

3. Charisma

You might call it SWAG or a gift, but the ability to attract other people who support you and your work are essential. It is not necessary to resemble a supermodel to get people to like you, but you do need to carry yourself with a certain level of pride to effectively encourage others to follow your advice and instructions.

Charisma is a byproduct of possessing confidence in yourself to serve as a useful leader. You can build more charisma in your life, by being more mindful to genuinely listen and respond to your colleagues, family, and friends in conversations. Don’t allow yourself to become intimidated by the responsibilities that can come with the roles of a leader.

“I attract a crowd, not because I’m an extrovert or I’m over the top or I’m oozing with charisma. It’s because I care.” – Gary Vaynerchuk

In many cases, you would not be in the position to earn followers without the necessary qualifications or skill set. Excelling in leadership is possible for you when you are consistent with tapping into the power of the Vitamin C’s of leadership and success.

Confidence, Competency, and Charisma can offer a bountiful number of resources to serve others in authoritative roles of professional and personal environments. Confident leaders believe in themselves, their products, and their services. Competent leaders commit to a lifetime of learning. Charismatic leaders make use of their confidence to attract other people who can support the vision of a group or individual. With the engagement of consistent activities and the reinforcement from positive examples of leadership, nothing is impossible for you to achieve!

How do you display confidence, competency, and charisma on a daily basis with people? Let us know your advice below!

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10 Amazing Leadership Lessons From Design Thinking

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Leadership is a challenging proposition in a world of disruptions and changes due to the rate of change being overwhelming. How do leaders cope with constant changes, enormous expectations and an unpredictable future? Well, a lot of the top organisations including Pepsi, Nike, Apple and Google use Design Thinking for leadership matters.

Design thinking is coming up with visual patterns that lead to the desired solutions. In other words, it is about connecting the dots to come up with solutions to practical problems that you want to solve. The Design thinking approach is widely appreciated and adopted by leaders around the globe.

Below, we look at 10 intriguing leadership lessons from design thinking:

1. Solution Focused Approach

Design thinking helps leaders to develop a solution centric mindset. The emphasis is on identifying and defining the core problem and then arriving at the best solution. Corporates and teams are looking for leaders who have a solution focused approach. The best leaders understand that they create value by offering solutions to complex problems. They resolve conflicts, solve problems and relish the idea of making the difference.

2. Connect the Dots

Leaders need to look at the complete picture for connecting and correlating things. Design thinking provides visualisation of the problem, constraints, desired solution and complete picture of things. It is a great way leaders can visualise abstract concepts. Leaders can use visual mapping of the assumptions, constraints, existing state and the goal state to align their teams in the right direction.

3. Empathy & Inclusiveness

Leadership starts with empathy. To earn the respect of your team, clients and other people involved, it is important to show empathy and understand their needs. When you care for your team, customers and other stakeholders, they in turn care for you. Design thinking starts with the end users in mind; it creates a thinking framework where you build empathy and inclusiveness.

4. Constant Improvement with Regular Feedback

The design thinking methodology involves iterations and user feedback for continuous improvement of products and services. Feedback is crucial for growth and improvement. Also, what works today may not work tomorrow thus it is important for leaders to touch base with ground reality and ensure consistent improvements. A leader needs to provide constant feedback for improvement of products, services and individuals. Consistent improvement and a growth mindset is crucial for success.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

5. Open Mindedness

Design thinking encourages experiments, creativity and innovation. When working on different concepts and ideas, leaders need to be open minded which helps create an environment of learning and experimentation. They build individuals and teams that take pride in their work. Open minded leaders are continuously seeking ways to improve things, because they welcome divergent ideas that may challenge or stretch them with an open mind.

6. Empower Team and Create Synergy

Design thinking empowers everyone to contribute effectively. It encourages the teams to work collaboratively and creates a synergising effect. When everyone has a say during the development of a product or service, teams feel empowered. The team feels accountable for results and takes complete ownership of things. Leaders can use design thinking for listening to people, getting them to contribute ideas, and empowering them with opportunities to make a difference.

7. Sense of Purpose

In an era of distractions, it is hard for teams to stay focused. People are more focused and productive when they know what they are doing and why they are doing it. Leaders can use design thinking for clarity and articulating their vision. A great leader effectively communicates the purpose & mission of their work to connect everyone. Teams are more likely to achieve their goals when they are given clear and consistent messages.

8. Dealing with Uncertainties

Dealing with change is hard. It gets even harder when you don’t know what is going to change. In the technology driven world, companies need to be well prepared to face competition not just from the competitors but also from digital innovations. With design thinking leaders can evaluate options, see the complete picture of things and choose the best options. Design thinking is a strategy that relies on iterations, feedback and constant improvement to deal with the changing times.

“Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.” -. William Congreve

9. Decisiveness

A leader needs to make decisions all the time. Some of these decisions are crucial in shaping the lives of individuals and organisations. Design thinking helps leaders to improve their decision making by offering alternatives and complete visualisation of information. Leaders can overcome biases and take informed decisions when they are presented with alternatives. Design thinking is now being employed by corporates in different areas of their company to make strategic decisions.

10. Persistence

Great leaders are persistent and never give up their pursuit until they reach their goals. Design thinking is a journey that requires persistence. It is an ongoing process to reach excellence. It is a process that teaches leaders to observe incremental additions, iterate and persist till the desired solution is achieved.

Leaders are learners. They learn from the past, keep an eye on the present and evolve with changing demands of the future. Design thinking is playing an increasingly vital role in creating more effective leaders. These leaders are capable of building strong teams, solve complex problems, show empathy and constantly improvise to unleash great value for everyone involved. Design thinking is a sure fire way for leaders to ensure that the sum total of the team is greater than the sum of their individual parts.

How will you use design thinking for your own business or job? Let us know in the comments below!

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What If You Never Took Another Selfie Again?

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That’s the question I want you to ponder right now.

What if taking a selfie only made the world ignore you?
What if life is not all about you?
What if no one cares who you took a photo with?

And finally, how did we ever live without selfies before the front-facing camera got invented?

Instead of taking a selfie do this:

Try focusing on other people.
Try not to document every moment.
Try to think about life before selfies.

We all take selfies because that’s what we were told to do.
And that’s exactly why we need to question this habitual flaw that we’re now indulging in.

 

I have A/B tested selfies vs. no selfies.

The result? When I took photos of cool stuff like mountains in Japan and shared a profound thought, people liked that more than a selfie with my overly large head in it. I’ve done this test multiple times over the last few years.

The result is always the same. People are over you and your selfies.

 

It’s not about “I” it’s about “We.”

Sounds cliché, and that’s because most brilliant advice is.

Selfies have deluded us into thinking that life is about us and our big audacious goals. Where life will change for you is when you focus on the “We.”

Everything I write is for the audience I want to inspire. It’s not to show off or to share dumb selfies of me in a weak attempt to appear superior.

 

Selfies cause your followers to compare themselves to you.

And that’s not fair. If each of us tried to be the same, then society would be pretty dull.

“We don’t need a selfie to teach us how to copy each other and be jealous little so-and-sos who want to win a beauty pagan of nothingness”

You’re so much better than a selfie.

I believe you care about your followers so let’s stop drowning them in selfies. Selfies are proving nothing to no one. Selfies stop you from standing out in the crowd and inspiring others.

 

The time you spend “selfieing” could be used for…..

Enjoying this current moment and the breath you have in your lungs. One day that breath is going to stop and all that time selfieing won’t matter. You’re literally using up magical moments trying to take a hundred selfies that you filter and post, hoping for perfection.

Perfection is ugly.

“Right now, is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen if you’ll only stop selfieing and notice it”

 

Life before selfies….

Life was much the same. The selfie didn’t put us on Cloud 9 with a bunch of our fantasies and an unlimited amount of cash being shot up into the sky via an air cannon.

Life before selfies was fun.
We ate our food instead of looking at it with our phones and letting it get cold.
We had phenomenal conversations with our friends instead of taking endless, mindless selfies.

Life before selfies was not about one’s self.
You took photos of other people. Often, you took two photos max instead of fifty in a row.

I’d like you to imagine a life without selfies.

What does the selfie really mean to you and can you live without it?

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Build From Within – Why Success Is All About People

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What is it that makes a company successful? Money? Technology? A driven CEO? While money certainly doesn’t hurt, technology is essential and it’s nice to have a well poised leader. These things are not what guarantees success in a corporation. It is all about the people. The employees working for an organization are the backbone of the company. Without great people, success can only go so far.

And if this is indeed true, successful business models should revolve around people – attracting top talent, and retaining them. Before ever serving external customers, companies should serve internally. This is where true success is built.

Walid Halty, founder of Dvinci energy, explains 3 reasons as to why people are the bottom line of success and how to build a team for continued growth:

1. Success Comes From Within

How do you continuously create an impeccable experience for your customers? While you may start listing out things such as innovation, efficient delivery and quality, you’d be wrong. All of those factors are quite necessary to attract and retain happy clients. At the same time, you never have to worry about any of that if you have a dedicated and talented team behind your organization or business. When your employees are happy with their work and love what they do, they automatically do great work every single day.

So, how do you get dedicated and talented individuals in your business, and how do you retain them? Dedicated and talented people all share a couple commonalities. They love to be challenged, and they love to grow. You need to challenge your people and give them opportunities to grow: “We have a culture that demands the best out of people. We offer them world class training and give opportunities for growth within our company. We invest in our people: ”Challenge and grow your people, and they will challenge and grow your business.

2. A Balancing Act

Gone are the 12 hour work days and good riddance! There is a new reality in the interconnected and digital world that we live in today. That reality is that there is an abundance of opportunity for anyone who strives for it. People don’t want to miss soccer games, dance recitals and family dinner time. They want balance. They want to do fulfilling, good work at a place where they feel valued, engaged and share a common vision. If this is not the case, then they will be willing to explore other opportunities if they don’t get exactly what they’re looking for.

“Your people don’t need your company’s way of making money, they need a community that creates purpose and order in their lives and an environment that empowers them rather than tries to hold them down out of fear.”

Find out what your people want and then do your best to give it to them. Flexible programs like remote work and adjustable schedules go a long way in making your employees happy and bringing balance: “At Dvinci, we consistently ask our people, what can we be doing better? How can we better serve you? How do WE make doing your job easier?”

You have to care about your people and what they experience on a daily basis when they come to work for you. Deliver a positive people experience, and you will retain your top talent, and they will share your vision and your success.

3. Happiness is a Choice

Emotions are at the root of all the decisions we make. We make hundreds of choices a day, and we make those decisions based off what we think will make us happy. They are why our customers buy from us, and it is why our employees stay with us. We all want to operate in a world (and a place of work) where we have the ability to control our happiness and improve our lives. This simple truth is one of the foundations companies should build their business models around.

Give your people a choice. Allow them to make decisions on how successful they want to be, how much money they want to earn, and what kind of impact they want to have based on what they believe will make them happy. Put the ball in their court. Allow your people to decide to be happy. By doing this, your top talent will excel and your employees will be happy.

“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek

In case you’ve ever been curious about how to make your business more profitable, more innovative or have a bigger impact, the answer lies within. Serve your people first. Build a community of inspired, engaged and talented employees.

Build your business model around people. The rest will fall into place naturally. When you focus on people, they will care about your business, they will care about your mission and they will care about your customers.

Do you think building from within will equal more success? Share your thoughts with us below!

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