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The Simplest Lesson from a Nobel Prize Winning “Rock Star”

Don’t worry, I am not going to wax lyrical about theoretical physics.

Sometimes the simplest ideas resonate the most. 

Albert Einstein was a master self-publicist and became one of the world’s first “Rock Stars”.

When he was giving one of his many university lectures in the 1930’s, he wrote the following series on a blackboard:

9 x 1 = 9

9 x 2 = 18

9 x 3 = 27

9 x 4 = 36

9 x 5 = 45

9 x 6 = 54

9 x 7 = 63

9 x 8 = 72

9 x 9 = 81

9 x 10 = 91

Suddenly chaos erupted in the classroom because the great Einstein had made a mistake. Obviously, the correct answer to 9 × 10 isn’t 91.

His students laughed and made fun of him.

Einstein waited for everyone to be silent and said:

“Despite the fact that I analyzed nine problems correctly, no one congratulated me. But when I made one mistake, everyone started laughing. This means that even if a person is successful, society will notice their slightest mistake”.

We make mistakes every day.

Continuous learning and improvement need the fuel of experience and error to drive progress.

“The only person who never makes a mistake is someone who does nothing”. 

This made me think. 

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