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Albert Einstein

Sometimes when we are rejected, we become dejected. When that happens, see if you can continue with one foot in front of the other, as Albert Einstein did.

In 1905 Albert Einstein wrote his famous Special Theory of Relativity. It was published in a scientific journal that same year, but took many years to gain general acceptance. In fact, it was not proven by actual experiment until 25 years later. This paper, entitled “Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?” is where E=mc² first appeared.

Two years after that paper was published, Einstein wanted a job as assistant professor of mathematics. This job required the applicant to submit a thesis paper, so Einstein submitted his Special Theory of Relativity. The university rejected it.

Einstein was a late talker and didn’t start speaking until he was almost 4 years old. Some say he couldn’t speak in full sentences until he was 9 years old.

He was a talented musician and could play the violin and piano. He often played music to help him think.

He had a poor memory for names and often forgot people he had met.

Einstein was a vegetarian and even wrote an essay called “The Ethics of Diet.”

He had a love for sailing and owned a sailboat named Tümmler which is German for porpoise.

Einstein was a smoker, but quit later in life after suffering from heart problems.

Einstein was offered a position in the Swiss Patent Office while he was trying to find a job as a teacher.

Einstein had a daughter named Lieserl who was born out of wedlock and was given up for adoption.

He was a pacifist and spoke out against war and violence.

Einstein was an avid letter-writer and wrote over 14,000 letters in his lifetime.

He was a fan of detective novels and even created his own detective, called Dr. René Belloq.

Einstein’s brain was preserved after his death for scientific study.

He had a close friendship with Charlie Chaplin and they often played music together.

Einstein was offered the position of Prime Minister of Israel, but declined.

He was a supporter of civil rights and spoke out against racism.

Einstein was an early member of the NAACP.

He was a fan of the philosopher Spinoza and even wrote a book about him.

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