The most misunderstood quote :The definition of Insanity
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different result”
— Albert Einstein
This quote is one of the most misunderstood ones to be reproduced over and over again.
You see it many times posted on Facebook,by average joes,virtue signaling how special and outside the norm they are.
They mostly want to describe a 9–5 for example.
Meaning you should not wake up ,work ,come back and sleep(?)
Or maybe they want to describe the struggles,the sacrifices and how they challenge themselves everyday to succeed.
It’s like every other motivational quote.
But this one can actually be dangerous.
It can confuse people into thinking repetition and healthy habits are bad and a free life is one where you just swing it everyday.
Hmm…let’s examine this further.
- Did Albert(like Da Vinci) have a structured program?
- Did he spend hours upon hours to study physics,math etc?
- Did he have results?
So,why Albert said this:
It is not insanity if you repeat the same thing over and over again.It’s insanity if you want different results,but you don’t change your methods.
Again,this quotes wants to point out the fault in a certain process.
If you want a better life,you need to change things up.
That of course does not mean,that if you yield benefits and make progress,you are forced to change anything.
If it ain’t broken,don’t fix it.
Of course we should not be afraid of change.Not at all.
We should evaluate our lives everyday,spot mistakes,problems and address them with courage and clarity.
There is nothing worse,than to be bound in a certain set of ways,to be so deep in your own self-delusion,that you cannot see reason.You cannot see what you are doing wrong.
But when you do find a system that works,your golden method,then you ought to stick with it.
Here is another quote,since we are on a roll:
“Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment”
It’s a variation of the famous latin proverb:Repetitio mater memoriae
Repetition is the mother of memory.
Or the more famous:Repetition is the mother of knowledge.
If you want to be good at something you have to do it everyday.
You must apply yourself.
If you want mastery,you need discipline.
Daily action is the secret.
Forge habits,then forge addiction.
If you notice something you are good at or something works for you,obsess over it.
That’s how greatness comes.
To end with a visual quote,from one and only Arnold:
That’s it folks!
Originally published at katavasisblog.wordpress.com on January 25, 2017.