Sunday, February 13, 2011

It's a new era.

I feel it's show time. The time that I was dreaming for. The time that I wanted to perform. The time for action. It's my internship period ahead to work in the SCoRe lab in UCSC. It's a rare opportunity in Sri Lanka to work in a place where we involve in very impressive research works on Computer Science.

I was planning for this time period from a long time because it's the most important time during my university life. I've got lot of works to do. Almost all the works in my task list are investments for my future. However even though the exam ended in Friday I haven't started following the plan properly. Reading and writing more and more is a one task in my list. I saw somewhere the quote saying "read more books and watch less TV". I hope it's true. That's why I put that into my task list.

Recently I got an e-mail from one of my good friend. He had attached a very nice document which was a good inspiration for me. It's titled as "Life lessons from Einstein". I'm keeping it in the desktop of my Ubuntu-10.04 to make me read it every time I can. I thought I should share at least a summary of it here. So, here we go.

Life lessons from Einstein

Albert Einstein has long been considered a genius by the masses. He was a theoretical physicist, philosopher, author, and is perhaps the most influential scientists to ever live. Einstein has made great contributions to the scientific world, including the theory of relativity, the founding of relativistic cosmology, the prediction of the deflection of light by gravity, the quantum theory of atomic motion in solids, the zero-point energy concept and the quantum theory of a monatomic gas which predicted Bose-Einstein condensation, to name a few of his scientific contributions.

Einstein 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.”. He’s published more than 300 scientific works and over 150 non-scientific works. Einstein is considered the father of modern physics and is probably  the most successful scientist there ever was. Here are 10 Amazing Lessons from Albert Einstein:

Life Lesson 1 : Follow Your Curiosity

What piques your curiosity? I am curious as to what causes one person to succeed while another person fails; this is why I’ve spent years studying success. What are you most curious about? The pursuit of your curiosity is the secret to your success.

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

Life Lesson 2 : Perseverance is Priceless 

Through perseverance the turtle reached the ark. Are you willing to persevere until you get to your intended destination. They say the entire value of the postage stamp consists in it's ability to stick to something until it gets there. Be like the postage stamp. Finish the race that you have started.  

“It's not that I'm so smart; it's just that I stay with problems longer.”

Life Lesson 3 : Focus on the Present

My father always says you cannot ride two horses at the same time. I like to say, you can do anything but not everything. Learn to be present where you are. Give your all to whatever you are currently doing. Focused energy is power and it's the difference between success and failure. 

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”

Life Lesson 4 : The Imagination is Powerful

Your imagination pre-plays your future. Einstein went on to say, “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge, but imagination.” Are you exercising your “imagination muscles” daily, don’t let something as powerful as your imagination lie dormant.

“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Life Lesson 5 : Make Mistakes

Never be afraid of making a mistake. A mistake is not a failure. Mistakes can make you better, smarter and faster, if you utilize them properly. Discover the power of making mistakes. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, if you want to succeed, triple the amount of mistakes that you make.

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”

Life Lesson 6 : Live in the Moment

You cannot “presently” change yesterday or tomorrow, so it’s of supreme importance that you dedicate all of your efforts to “right now.” It’s the only time that matters, it’s the only time there is.

“I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.”. The only way to properly address your future is to be as present as possible “in the present.”

Life Lesson 7 : Create Value

Don’t waste your time trying to be successful, spend your time creating value. If you’re valuable, then you will attract success. Discover the talents and gifts that you possess, learn how to offer those talents and gifts in a way that most benefits others. Labor to be valuable and success will chase you down.

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value."

Life Lesson 8 : Don’t Expect Different Results

You can’t keep doing the same thing everyday and expect different results. In other words, you can’t keep doing the same workout routine and expect to look differently. In order for your life to change, you must change, to the degree that you change your actions and your thinking is to the degree that your life will change.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Life Lesson 9 : Knowledge Comes From Experience

Knowledge comes from experience. You can discuss a task, but discussion will only give you a philosophical understanding of it; you must experience the task first hand to “know it.” What’s the lesson? Get experience! Don’t spend your time hiding behind speculative information, go out there and do it, and you will have gained priceless knowledge.

“Information is not knowledge. The only source of knowledge is experience.”

Life Lesson 10 : Learn the Rules and Then Play Better

To put it all in simple terms, there are two things that you must do. The first thing you must do is to learn the rules of the game that you’re playing. It doesn’t sound exciting, but it’s vital. Secondly, you must commit to play the game better than anyone else. If you can do these two things, success will be yours!

“You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”