Remarkable Lessons Albert Einstein Taught Me about Life

Mike Schoultz
5 min readJan 9, 2022

Albert Einstein’s brand of living life was stunning. Lots to learn from. I am a big fan of Albert Einstein, and though I have degrees in engineering, the reason I am such a big fan is not why he was so famous. Lessons Albert Einstein taught me about life go way beyond his scientific achievements. Let’s start with why he is famous and then I’ll explain why I am such an admirer.

Any fool can know. The point is to understand. Here is a short review of why he was so famous. He was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the general theory of relativity, effecting a revolution in physics. For this achievement, he is often regarded as the father of modern physics and the most influential physicist of the 20th century.

While best known for his mass-energy formula E = mc2(often dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”), he received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect. The latter was pivotal in establishing quantum theory within physics.

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Very impressive indeed, but NOT why I am such a big fan. To see his true wisdom and value, you must study the man. I group his thoughts on living into 12 engaging lessons.

Let’s go through them:

Laugh often

When you are courting a nice girl, an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder, a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.

Einstein had an excellent way to make people laugh. To him, it was a serious business, indeed. He made people think while making them smile with almost all of his work.

My lesson learned is not to take myself so seriously. And laugh often.

Keep pushing

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. Einstein was often frustrated with the state of his times and felt that the world would require a substantially new manner of thinking to survive.

But that did not mean he was without hope. He knew the rules of the game as much as the next

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