Every generation has people that are “destined” to leave an impact in the world, good or bad.
People like Isaac Newton, Michael Faraday or Nikola Tesla were great scientist and mathematicians. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Saladin were leaders that fought for their believes.
They all had a purpose, something they loved and pursued.
For scientists, curiosity is the fountain of unlimited willpower that allow them to chase after something that might not even exist, and no one really understands.
Let me tell you about gravitational waves.
Gravitational waves are disturbances in the curvature of spacetime, generated by accelerated masses, that propagate as waves outward from their source at the speed of light. This theory was proposed by Henri Poincaré in 1905 and predicted by Einstein in 1916 on the basis of his general theory of relativity.
The first evidence was only discovered in 1993 by Russell A. Hulse and Joseph H. Taylor, Jr but the fist observation of actual gravitational waves happened in 2015 by the the LIGO and Virgo Scientific Collaboration.
It took almost 100 years for science to confirm Einstein’s prediction.
So how did he do it? Because, he wasn’t always a genius, he did “ok” in school, but he always stayed true to what he wanted to do and learn. He got a job as a clerk in a patent office because it was mostly mindless and allowed him free time to study and research scientific theories.
That’s how he became one of the most brilliant minds of all time.
So, here are some 160 IQ tips on how to become successful.
1 – Follow your curiosity
Einstein emphasized this a lot. Find something that you are extremely curious and wish to discover and master. Learn everything that you can, explore, experiment and apply.
2 – Perseverance is priceless
Almost all successful people will tell you this, that perseverance is a must have if you want to be successful. How many times do you think scientists fail doing experiments before reaching a conclusion? How many times did Thomas Edison try to create the light bulb? History says it was around 10,000. SpaceX has burned millions of dollars on rocket attempts.
Perseverance is what distinguishes the successful ones from the others.
3 – Make mistakes
Everyone has made mistakes in life. Better yet, we never stop making mistakes. Einstein tells us not to be afraid of making mistakes and to stop overreacting. What we really should be doing is accepting that we made a mistake and learn from it.
4 – Create Values
Nowadays when we think about success, we imagine a something like big house close to the beach and nice cars. But Einstein suggested that success is relative to the person. You might like fancy cars, but for a teacher success could be being able to teach kids in Africa and seeing how they apply that knowledge. For a priest success might be give hope to people and help them diverge from a path of self-destruction.
Success is the value that a person represents to others.
5 – Knowledge comes from experience
Theory is great. It gives us an insight on how things work. I can read hundreds of articles on programming mobile apps, but I will only be good when I apply that knowledge. A person with field experience is a lot more valuable than someone who just knows the theory because things go wrong in the real world and no one can document every possible case.
6 – Know the rules, it helps to win
For someone who disproved many accepted rules of science, this might seem contradictory, but it makes sense. You first start by learning the basics, and as you progress and you start understanding all the rules, you might be able to refute them. Learn everything you can but don’t believe in absolute truths.
7 – Imagination decides everything
You know how kids have an incredible amount of imagination? Somehow it seems that as we grow and become adults, we tend to lose that imagination. I believe it is because the world around us doesn’t stimulate us enough, but it is such an important piece of our evolution.
New designs that defy our standards and new ways of thinking are needed for our continuous growth.
As mankind has grown at an exponential pace since the Industrial Revolution and we have solved a lot of problems, but we have created others. The more brilliant minds we can “create” the faster we can grow as a species and I can’t wait to see what wonders we will discover in the future.
Who’s your favorite brilliant/mad scientist or personality that had an impact on the world?
Let me know in the comments below.