Find your inner Einstein
Dreaming is essential
The next time you see a picture of Albert Einstein, realize that that’s
actually you. See Albert Einstein and say, “there I am.”
Every human has the capacity for some form of genius. You don’t have
to be good with math or physics to experience genius level in your
thinking. To experience Einstein’s creative level of thinking, all you
have to do is habitually use your imagination.
This is a difficult recommendation for adults to follow, though, because
adults have become accustomed to using their imaginations for only one
thing: worrying. Adults visualize worst-case scenarios all day long. All
their energy for visualization is channeled into colorful pictures of what
What they don’t comprehend is that worry is a misuse of the
imagination. The human imagination was designed for better things.
People who use their imaginations to create with often achieve things
that worriers never dream of achieving, even if the worriers possess
much higher IQs. People who habitually access their imaginations are
often hailed by their colleagues as “geniuses”—as if “genius” was a
genetic characteristic. They would be better understood as people who
are practiced at accessing their genius.
Recognition of the power of this genius in all of us prompted Napoleon
to say, “Imagination rules the world.”
As a child, you instinctively used your imagination as it was intended.
You daydreamed and made stuff up. You were a daydream believer by
day and in your right brain at night you sailed down a river of dreams.
If you go back into that state of self-confidence and dream again, you’ll
be pleasantly surprised at how many innovative and immediate solutions
you come up with to your problems.
Einstein used to say, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
When I first heard he’d said that, I didn’t know what he meant. I always
thought additional knowledge was the answer to every difficult problem.
I thought if I could just learn a few more important things, then I’d be
okay. What I didn’t realize was that the very thing I needed to learn was
not knowledge, but skill. What I needed to learn was the skill of
proactively using my imagination.
And once I’d learned that skill, the first task was to begin imagining the
vision of who I wanted to be.
To make ourselves come true we need to develop the strength to dream.
Dreaming, in its proactive sense, is strong work. It’s the design stage of
creating the future. It takes confidence and it takes courage. But the
greatest thing about active dreaming is not in the eventual reaching of
the goal—the greatest thing is what it does to the dreamer.
Forget the literal attainment of your dream for now. Focus on just going
for it. By simply going for the dream, you make yourself come true.