If you only had one hour to save the world, what would you do? “If I only had one hour to save the world, I’d spend 55 minutes defining the problem and only five minutes finding a solution,” he replied.
Now, I’m not saying this is the best approach by any means, because I’d probably start panicking and questioning the man’s judgement if I was nervously watching the clock tick down while the world crumbled around him and he was contemplating his next move. It does, however, reveal a lot about how he solved some of the universe’s most perplexing and mysterious problems. So there is a lot to say for it.
What else can we take away from his method?
Don’t rush through the procedure.
Think slowly and act quickly.
So, shall we unpack each one in turn?
“You don’t understand it if you can’t explain it to a six-year-old.” —Einstein, Albert
- Do not rush the procedure.
Einstein became a genius through contemplation and observation. However, thought always came first. That’s why he said, “It’s not that I’m a genius. But I think about the questions for a lot longer.” And… “I have no special talents. “I am only intensely curious.” Both necessitate a significant amount of time, trust, curiosity, and patience. And none of those qualities can be rushed; they must be nurtured. Another Einstein-like genius, Thomas Edison (the light bulb guy), said something similar, albeit less poetically: “Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration.”
Do you see what I mean? So it appears that creativity and hard work, along with a healthy dose of patience, practise, perseverance, and humility, are the magical combination here.
Perhaps this is why Edison continued, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.” And how, after 10,000 failed attempts, he famously invented the light bulb.
- Think slowly, act quickly
“You never fail until you stop trying,” Albert Einstein once said. This, perhaps more than anything else, defined Einstein’s approach. So, what makes saving the world any different?
What I admire most about Einstein’s approach is that he never felt compelled to do what he “had” to do or thought he “should” do. Instead, he gave himself the freedom to do whatever he wanted, which I’m sure led to one of those miraculous years. The kind that leaves you wondering, “How did he accomplish so much in such a short period of time?” That miraculous year I’m referring to included four papers that he released one after the other.
They were on light, matter, time, and space, and they forever altered how the world perceives and thinks about reality. At the time, Einstein was 26 years old. That’s when he published “A heuristic point of view on the production and transformation of light,” which introduced the revolutionary idea that light is made up of both energy and particles (or quanta for Einstein — photons for history). This concept demonstrated how the material world operates as both waves (energy) and particles (matter), and it would serve as the foundation for one of modern physics’ two pillars: quantum mechanics.
Sixteen years later, in 1921, this theory helped Einstein win the Nobel Prize in Physics.
As a result, when asked what he would do to save the world if he only had one hour left, he replied, “I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and then the next 5 minutes taking action,” because this approach had previously worked wonders for him.
Thoughts have the ability to be creative.
Another reason Einstein and other intelligent people work in this manner is that they understand the power of thought and how it shapes the world.
That’s why he said: “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed unless we change our minds.”
It’s also why the Buddha said: “What you think, you become. You attract what you feel. “You create what you imagine.”
And why is that? “The latest research supports the notion that we have a natural ability to change the brain and body by thought alone, so that it looks biologically like some future event has already happened,” Dr. Joe Dispenza said. Given the right understanding, you can change who you are from brain cell to gene by making thought more real than anything else.” So, think carefully. The entire world (literally) depends on it.
To conclude, I’d like to leave you with one more pertinent Thomas Edison quote. After all, he, too, has led an extraordinary life. “If we all did what we are truly capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.”
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