Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was the Nobel Prize winner in 1921 for
Success is finding opportunity in rejection. In 1901 when Einstein
received his diploma, he was unable to get a teaching post, so he
accepted a position as a technical assistant in the Swiss Patent
Office that allowed him a generous amount of spare time. He used
this spare time to produce much of his remarkable work for which he
is so well known today.
Success is knowing when to keep quiet.
"If A is a success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is
X; Y is play; and Z is keeping your mouth shut."
Success is knowing how to persist. Einstein attributed much of his
success not to his mathematical abilities, but his persistence.
Said Einstein, "It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay
with problems longer." • "Insanity: doing the same thing over and
over again and expecting different results."
Success is imagination. "Imagination is more important than
knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
Success is understanding the power of questions. "The important
thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for
existing." • "I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive."
Success is the appreciation of occasional solitude. Einstein's
gifts inevitably resulted in his dwelling much in intellectual
solitude and, for relaxation; music played an important part in his
Success is value. "Try not to become a man of success but rather to
become a man of value."
Success is not fearing mistakes. "Anyone who has never made a
mistake has never tried anything new."
Success is doing for others. In 1944 Einstein made a contribution
to the war effort by hand writing his 1905 paper on special
relativity and putting it up for auction. It raised six million
dollars, the manuscript today being in the Library of Congress.
Success is dealing with criticism. At the time of the publication
on the theory of relativity, the people who read the papers met them
with skepticism and ridicule, and some even threatened him with
death because of his beliefs.