Monday, January 1, 2018

Leadership Quote - Albert Einstein



Created by Erin Morey

As we celebrate the end of one year and the start of another, I think of the words from Albert Einstein:

Learn From Yesterday, Live For Today, Hope For Tomorrow
- Albert Einstein

Let's look back to 2017. What have you learned from the year past? What did you do well? What could you have done better? Many people will not take the time to look back before considering the path forward, especially in a leadership or business sense. That is why Complete from the C4 Formula is so important. Have you really taken the time to learn from yesterday?

Live for today. Do you enjoy what you are doing? Are you acting with motivation, perspective, and a plan? Or are you just going through the motions, unclear on what you want to accomplish and trying to take everything one day at a time? If you find yourself in the latter than you are probably not living for today, but instead marking time wishing for a better tomorrow, rather than hoping for it. In addition, Living For Today means being present in the moment. Right now will never come again, and even the moment that you are reading this has already past. Are you present in what you are doing? Working with intention? 

And why is it Hope For Tomorrow, and I used the word wishing in the previous paragraph? Because hope has a chance of happening, and the odds get better if there is a plan to create that tomorrow; whereas a wish can very often be an impossibility, that can or cannot happen, but it is up to fate, God, whatever to deliver the result. So HOPE for tomorrow, by creating a plan and taking action with it. 

In the past, I've written about how I dislink New Year's Resolutions, and I stick by that article. Instead, I would encourage you to look at the improvement from the words or Ernest Hemmingway : "True nobility is being superior to your former self." 

From Kingsmann: The Secret Service

Mr. Hemmingway has appeared in this blog before, including providing a different quote for last week's Leadership Quote
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Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the Theory of Relativity and is perhaps best known for the formula E=(MC)^2. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, he was instrumental in laying the foundation of quantum theory. But perhaps if you don't know him from the formula, perhaps you would recognize this iconic image:

Image source
UPI Photographer Arthur Sasse
If you want to learn the story behind the picture on Albert's 72nd birthday, click here!

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