Monday Motivation: Finding Opportunity In Challenging Moments

Monday Motivation: Finding Opportunity In Challenging Moments

STOUT Inspiration + Action To Accelerate Your Week: Opportunity From Difficulty


Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity and received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics. He is best known for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed “the world’s most famous equation”.

But Albert Einstein’s path to success took many turns. At the age of 16, he scored well in physics and mathematics but failed the main part of the entrance examination for the Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zürichbut and ended up completing his secondary education at a different school.

After graduating, Einstein spent two frustrating years searching for a teaching post before giving up and securing a job at a patent office. Not giving in to the mundane nature of his job, he used technical problems gleaned from his patent studies to conduct his now-famous thought experiments. These led directly to his radical conclusions about the nature of light and the connection between space and time, gaining Einstein the success and recognition that has made his name synonymous with “genius.”

“A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.”
– Albert Einstein



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