Albert Einstein On The Formula For Success In Life


One day, someone asked Albert Einstein whether he knows the mathematical formula for success in life.

“If a is ‘success in life’, then the formula is, a equals x plus y plus z, where x represents ‘work’ and y represents ‘play’,” Einstein said.

“But what about z?” he was asked.

z,” he replied, “is keeping your mouth shut.”

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31 thoughts on “Albert Einstein On The Formula For Success In Life

  1. Watching the NAT GEO productions on life of Einstein sprouted my interest in physics.
    But cant get out of the loop of formerly laid foundations and think on something never pondered upon. Einstein stuff is always interesting.


  2. That might work.
    I was watching squirrels: they work really hard to build their nests which get destroyed all the time in storms (we have a lot), collecting nuts and seeds. Basically they are moving and working for the most of time. Then suddenly, they would start to play. I thought once exactly that: these who work hard enjoy a play, as well.
    Sorry for comparison, Einstein and squirrels, but it was very obvious that way.
    I liked the “z” because, yes, too much talking does not allow focusing.
    Excellent post, really enjoyed.

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