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Interesting Einstein Articles October 22, 2008

Posted by Jeremy in Business Solutions, Efficiency Process.
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Today I was reading the posts from Entrepreneur magazine and there were two that dealt with Albert Einstein.  Now I think that some entrepreneurs really have genius ideas but didn’t really think about some of this before.

10 Traits Entrepreneurs and Einstein Share

Unleash Your Inner Einstein

I bring these articles up not because I am trying to compare myself to Einstein (BE NICE!).  There were a couple of points that I really thought hit some of the things that I have been trying to point out on my blog for the last couple of months.

That’s the way we’ve always done it

Both articles discuss how Einstein always questioned everything.  Einstein was well known for always asking why or why not.  Even when he was told that something worked a specific way he always questioned the “facts” behind what he was told.  In the second article there is a good story about how he questioned the make up of light.  It outlines his thought process and his questioning of the accepted knowledge.

I point this specific point out because in many businesses we don’t question the reasons or the facts behind why we do things the way we do.  The common answer is ‘That’s how it’s always been done’.  This is something that Einstein did not accept and my honest opinion is that it is something that we should not accept either.  I would encourage people to ask ‘Why?’.  In some cases you learn that it is correct and necessary but in other cases you will find that it is something that can be altered to be better.

This really is a core foundation of the theory of constant improvement.  You must question what you are doing in order to improve the process.

New Ways of Thinking

Another characteristic that they describe goes along with the previous one and it is described as “Old problems, new ways of thinking”.  The next comment from the article I feel is a terrific point:

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”

This is such an important point.  First we have to question “why” and second we have to look at it from a new standpoint.  Probably many things have changed since the original process has been put in place.  You have quite a bit more knowledge, technology, and experience than you probably did when the process was created.  So we must focus on solving the problems using today’s resources.

Be Like Einstein

When Einstein was alive and pondering all of the amazing topics that he did, he was always asking why.  He would come up with what some people would call a “crazy idea” and then think it through to see if he could figure out whether it would work or not.  He was not limited by what everyone else told him were the way things were.  Einstein always wanted to understand why the limits were set as they were. 

I think that it is extremely important for entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, and employees to all look at their businesses from this viewpoint.  This is how innovation happens.  This is how efficiency happens.  This is how greatness happens.

I challenge everyone to at least once this week to really look at something that you do everyday and ask “Why do we do this and why do we do it this way?”.  You may be surprised what you learn.

As always, feel free to contact me if I can help you in any way.

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