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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My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is
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23 Responses to Albert Einstein On The Formula For Success In Life

  1. Pingback: Success In Life Formula By Albert Einstein | a inspiraars

  2. I don’t know about x and y but z “keeping your mouth shut” seems like an incredible option, a secret though 😀
    Thanks for sharing! Can’t help but to reblog it (scheduling it for tomorrow) 🙂


  3. 🤣 Duly noted!!! Thank You and Cheers!!!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Great tip, especially the z-advice.

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  5. ellie894 says:

    We need more y and z in life 😊. Nice!

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  6. Edmark,
    What a great piece of advice. No need to remove all doubt. I am so glad you find these bits of Wisdom.

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  7. Ngao Vang says:

    Haha 👍👍👍

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  8. 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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  9. Abigail says:

    Success = work + play + shutting up
    So, success – shutting up = work + play?
    Einstein, I fear that your equation does not hold up.

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  10. John says:


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  11. shoreacres says:

    Too bad I didn’t read this yesterday.

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  12. Nice one…👍👍🤘👍

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  13. Jack Shalom says:

    Although the outspoken Einstein was a direct contradiction to that.

    Liked by 4 people

  14. ivor20 says:

    Insightful and witty Albert

    Liked by 3 people

  15. masercot says:

    That equation implies that mimes are the happiest people of all…

    Liked by 7 people

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