Learn from Einstein: Creativity and refusal to conform

bicycle-albertAlbert Einstein is known as a genius. His fame is associated with the worlds of science and physics. But, Einstein wasn’t just any “scientist”, as he thought beyond traditional education. He was creative.

Studying Physics really doesn’t include a whole lot of creativity when compared to, say, English Literature or any other subject on the arts side. So clearly, Einstein was different, which we know.

The question is then, what made Einstein so creative? Perfectly worded, “It was his utter disregard of authority, his refusal to conform” writes author Andreas Kluth on his blog.

In many cases Einstein disregarded authority and ignored conventional methods. Why? Because authority bored him – not because he wanted to show-off or look good to the world (he didn’t even bother fixing his hair for award photos!). Einstein said “A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth”.

This attitude is very needed today – questioning the existing systems (economic structure, education systems, international development). We can all benefit from thinking differently.

One of my favourite quotes is from Einstein: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Why? Because “Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”