I’ve always had a fascination with Einstein. Specifically silly pictures of him…and his crazy hair. He kinda reminds me of myself. If I were half crazy/half genius I’d roll the same way. Plus his name starts with an A, like me, he’s a scientist, like I claim to be, and he had a mouth against authority, like me. Although I’m no lab rat, I do possess a BS in Biology and a MS. Unfortunately I had to get out from under the microscope into macro land to find vocational peace and happiness. Spending a lifetime working in a land essentially nonexistent to 99.9% of the human race can and will make you a little kooky.
How to Think Like Einstein by Scott Thorpe landed in my lap while book shopping prior to a vacation. I was immediately drawn to Einstein’s crazy hair peeking out from the bottom of the cover. It was immediately tucked under my arm for purchase.
This book is great for anyone with a problem to solve.
The first basic concept is that Einstein was a rule breaker. It was his rule breaking and maniacal imagination that issued his answer to quantum physics. Essentially if you want to find a solution, you need to break the rules, think crazy and outlandish thoughts, and seek advice in places and people you’d typically refuse to learn from. Here’s the catch. If you want to break the rules, you’ve got to understand that you have placed rules on yourself that you may not be consciously aware of. These are the rules that land us in ruts of thinking, which limits solutions (aka a rule rut). You’ve gotten into a rut of thinking, and you don’t even know you’re in it! Get out! He offers magnificent tips on how to accomplish this.
To remain out of rule ruts, and closer to solutions, practice outlandish thinking every day. Allow your imagination to run wild. What is the craziest, most insane answer to your problem? Now brainstorm how this may actually be the solution. Even if it isn’t, it may lead you to something that is. Next, ask for the solution from people and places totally unlike yourself. In doing so make sure it is known that all thoughts and ideas will be received and considered. The possible solutions will either be used or reserved for use in the future.
My favorite take-home message from the book is the fact the Einstein found his solution through imagining that he was riding on a light beam. This has encouraged me not to judge my crazy day dreams but to welcome them and to actually practice them. My Einstein genius will only be revealed in doing so. How cool is that?!