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Einstein’s Formula of Success

According to the great genius Albert Einstein, A = X + Y + Z is the formula of success in life. What do the components of this seemingly mathematical equation mean?


A – Success. According to Einstein, what represents success in life is the sum of three main components:


X – Hard work. Without hard work, true success can’t be achieved. It’s a well-known fact, that Einstein was aware of his remarkable mind and felt responsible for not wasting it, so he strictly followed his schedule. By virtue of his ability to maintain discipline, Einstein made his huge contribution to humanity and modern science.


Y – Play. Having fun. This second component may sound trivial to some, but the great genius had a strong opinion on this matter. He believed that relaxation and leisure are of equal importance to hard work as playfulness unlocks creativity and boosts productivity. Drowning in duties and responsibilities without any fun makes people rigid and boring, so Einstein scheduled sufficient time for pleasure and relaxation into his timetable. Sometimes his preferences were beyond the usual ones such as walking, talking or exercise. He wasn’t an ordinary person; He was the greatest man of science of the XX century.


Z – Keeping your mouth shut. This is the most interesting component of the formula of success, meaning “talk less, say more”. Einstein had no need to flaunt or to constantly be in the spotlight. He had no need to entertain people. He felt no obligation to talk to everybody or to demonstrate his extraordinary IQ. Instead, he communicated with courtesy, listened with empathy, and spoke when appropriate.


“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is xy is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut,” said Albert Einstein in article that appeared in “The New York Times” in August 1929.


Article sources:

The New York Times 1929/08/18