The challenge is to write 500 words a day for 30 days to develop a habit of writing. Comments are welcomed.
Someone credited Einstein with saying: Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. In a world that strives for success, we tend to think of being successful as a value. So why would one of the smartest people in the world stress value over success? What he did was successful with his theory of relativity and all, but what value does it hold? I personally don’t know, but I do know it rocked the world of Physics, so it must hold value to the other scientist people.
The Webster dictionary defines Value as usefulness or importance and Success as the fact of getting or achieving wealth, respect, or fame. So Einstein is saying that being useful is more important than wealth, respect, and/or fame. It is possible that there are wealthy people who do not give to charities or run philanthropic foundations nor have any value to society. They just use their money for themselves (not even for their children) and that is it. Citizen Kane comes to mind or the Kardashians.
A question now enters my thoughts, wouldn’t it be more practical to be successful first to become more valuable to others? But that is not what Einstein is saying, success is not a bad thing but the emphasis is on being “of value”. Then I recalled something that I read in Wallace Wattles’ The Science of Getting Rich: The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.
How does one make the most of themselves? By being creative. Imagine the person that you want to be and then set in motion the steps to get there. In my case, I always imagined myself in some kind of leadership role but from where I was at the time it seemed hopeless. Something inside of me stated since you feel this is hopeless then what have you got to lose – nothing, so go for it. So I started putting a plan together that included going back and finishing college, stop the partying bar scene and become a better employee. Start paying attention to people who hold leadership and management positions. See what they are doing, read what they are reading, etc. and with a lot of hard work and trying to stay focused (I veered off the path a couple of times) I persevere. So for me striving to ” be of value” lead to me to success and I see why they called Einstein a genius.