Albert Einstein is regarded as one of the greatest physicists of the 20th century, but it wasn't always this way. In fact, in Einstein's early life, he struggled with a speech impediment, dropped out of school and couldn't get a job after finally completing his higher education courses. Despite these obstacles, Einstein stayed true to his innovative ways of thinking.
The famous genius once said, "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new." As he demonstrated? with his early life, mistakes don't define who you are.
An attempt at trying something new was what ultimately led to one of Einstein's greatest accomplishments: his discovery of the theory of relativity. In 1905, Einstein had four papers published in one of the best known physics journals that changed the course of modern physics, according to Biography.com. It was in one of these papers that Einstein proposed his famous theory of relativity equation, E=mc2, which did not completely coincide with theories already widely accepted. At first, the physics community did not respect Einstein's novel way of thinking.
However, he continued challenging past ideas and coming up with new ones. His continuation of innovative thinking ultimately won him the Nobel Prize in 1921 for his explanation of the photoelectric effect. He won such a prestigious honor because he chose to try something new and challenge the conventional ways of thinking.
Shake up your routine
According to Psychology Today contributor Alex Lickerman, M.D., a routine supports discipline and familiarity. People are often afraid to of the unknown, and that's why some of us resist trying new things. Whether it's eating at a new restaurant, going somewhere different for vacation or trying a new hobby, you may be afraid of the potential negative consequences. However, while sticking to a routine has its advantages, it means you are missing out on a wealth of opportunities and possibilities.
If Einstein had simply stuck to conventional ways of thinking, he may have never discovered the theory of relativity or won the Nobel Prize. Sure, he hit some rough patches along the way, but his willingness to try something new was ultimately more rewarding in the end.
Even if you're not out to make the next great scientific discovery, you can still shake up your routine in other ways. Try a new type of food, or sign up for a class you've never heard of. There's no telling what you'll stumble upon with your newfound, fresh outlook in your retirement lifestyle.