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Secrets to Creativity Courtesy of Albert Einstein (Happy Birthday, Albert!)

Posted by Plish on March 14, 2021

How did the slippers help his creativity?


Albert Einstein described himself thusly, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

He gave imagination a preeminence over rationality. Perhaps that is why he indulged it as often as possible.

He did this mainly through playing his violin and embracing quietude.

He thoroughly enjoyed sailing (though he couldn’t swim!). His technique? “Set sail, make it fast, no thoughts of energy or velocity, loll back, let boat drift.”

Let boat drift….


He ran aground multiple times, almost drowned, but he loved being carried by the wind and perhaps moreso, when there was no wind. Then, he drifted- physically and mentally.
“I think 99 times and find nothing. I stop thinking, swim in silence, and the truth comes to me.”

Drifting, floating, pondering images. “I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterwards.” He would bring his notebook along sailing trips, jotting down his insights.

Einstein was mindful, he knew that solutions seldom came in meetings. They came in the form of metaphor and insights when the mind was quiet. They also came while he was playing his violin. Playing music was like a shower. Total immersion of the senses let insights surface.

Much to ponder, courtesy of the man who rocked furry slippers. (Personally, I think they also were part of his preferred creative mindset)

Happy birthday Albert Einstein!!

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