Persistence: Another Aspect of Albert Einstein's Greatness

Albert Einstein's genius works are well documented; his formulations and discoveries shaped our understanding of the universe. Everyone associates the equation E = MC^2 with Einstein's name. Those of you who have a deeper comprehension of mathematics and the physical sciences understand the beauty of Einstein's theory of special relativity and later his theory of general relativity. Therefore, have a gratuitous appreciation for his genius and the implications that it was precedent to. Leading up to his historic publications in 1905, Einstein owes some of his success to his unrelenting persistence. Accordingly many biographical accounts of Einstein's life and works have been written. All of them reveal Einstein's "never give up" attitude as a remarkable and complementary aspect of his greatness.

Persistence in Professional Life

Einstein's immediate family knew of his intellectual brilliance. Although his mom, dad, and sister reminded him of his capabilities often, Einstein found himself in a mediocre job in his mid-twenties. Working at the patent office in Bern, Switzerland didn't facilitate him to cultivate his exceptional cognitive skills. He applied for other jobs without any success. During this time, Einstein worked on many of his theories without much fruition. At times, devoid of fresh ideas.Meanwhile, many of his colleagues didn't think highly of his intellectual aptitude. However, Einstein wasn't deterred. Instead, he continued developing his theories via thought experiments.

Persistence in Personal Life

Einstein didn't consider himself to be smarter than others. However, he noted that he was "persistent as a mule." When he was a young boy, he would build card castles stacking layers upon layers. If the castle blew down, he would take a deep breath and build it up again. A trait that proved to be invaluable later in his life when trying to understand how the universe worked while encountering professional setbacks. He envisioned the answers to the mysteries of the universe were like a shelf of books that were hard to reach. If he could find a way to open each book and read the contents, he would be able to get a lucid picture of the underlying mechanisms of the physical universe. This quest drove him towards his ambitions.During the spring of 1905, Einstein had an epiphany. He achieved the breakthroughs he had been seeking in his theories. Consequently, he published a series of papers of which most were worthy of the Nobel Prize. The last two of which were the theory of special relativity and E=MC2. These discoveries changed the future of our existence.

Persistence Amid A Volatile Political Climate

Einstein's persistence was also evident in his perseverance with science research amid a volatile political climate in Germany. Incidentally, in 1920, the opera house in Berlin was taken over by an anti-Einstein rally. Proclaiming the unacceptability of a Jewish scientist's work in an Aryan society, Einstein eventually moved and settled in Princeton New Jersey. Furthermore, while living in the US, he used his position and platform to bring other people facing tyranny in Germany out of harm's way.Albert Einstein was a true inspiration. While marveling at his life-altering contributions to the advancement of science, we can also learn a lot about persistence and perseverance that can apply to our lives.