Einstein was happy because he did these two powerful things
His name is synonymous with genius.
He’s also known globally for scientific discoveries and gaining a Nobel Prize for Physics.
But when we dig into the past of successful people.
We often find that they weren’t particularly happy.
Famous artists, musicians, and actors are known for being tortured souls.
Jim Carry said it well when he said
“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”
― Jim Carrey
Success, money, and power famously do not bring happiness.
So what is the answer?
Find happiness within
Einstein claimed to be happy. It appears this happiness came down to a sense of inner peace.
His happiness wasn’t conditional on what anyone else was doing instead, he cultivated happiness on his own.
In his words:
“I am happy because I want nothing from anyone. I do not care for money. Decorations, titles or distinctions mean nothing to me. I do not crave praise. The only thing that gives me pleasure, apart from my work, my violin and my sailboat, is the appreciation of my fellow workers.”
— Albert Einstein
We set ourselves up for failure when we ask people to be different. And we set ourselves up for failure when our happiness is conditional on people changing.
It’s all easier said than done of course. And few of us are masters of this.
But there is much to learn.
When we can focus on our inner joy and allow it to grow, we’ll gradually become less concerned with what others are doing and saying.