To recognize the possession of wisdom is humbling, and to share it with others is truly divine. Albert Einstein highlighted his three rules of work:
1) strengths & gusto!
It is hard to describe the feeling you get deep inside when you succeed at something you genuinely care about. It feels fine to finish a task, it feels good to complete a lengthy project, and it feels great to win. When our work is filled with opportunities to do what we do best, it fuels our passion to want to do more. In contrast, it is draining to spend time doing things that we do not care about, or participating in activities which we cannot win.
2) building trusting relationships
The value of strong trusting relationships should not be underestimated. In author Stephen Covey Jr’s bestselling book titled the Speed of Trust, he emphasizes that nothing is faster than the speed of trust. The combination of a positive moral character and strong competencies create the groundwork for trust to be built. We have neurochemical responses to trusting relationships that releases oxytocin, serotonin, dopamine, and other strong hormones into our bloodstreams. These responses can allow us to function in a more comfortable and even enhanced cognitive and emotional state. We can actually become smarter and more efficient when we are around people that we trust.
3) health & self-compassion
We have access to more activities and recreational time than ever before. Modern society is flush with golf courses, resorts, parks, restaurants, clubs and more. Even more so, the internet and social media has made getting access to these actives easier than ever – some of them even being available to us virtually! Yet, for some reason we are reporting higher levels of exhaustion and feelings of being overwhelmed than ever before.
4) humble learning
As leaders we must be humble enough to know that there is a lot that we do not know. Humility is a virtue and if we ever arrive to a place where we think we have nothing else to learn, then we have become ignorant and our skills will become obsolete. Through absolutist thinking, many people strive to find the right answer or the perfect response to a situation. Our stubbornness for achieving this degree of justice in our thinking is exhausting, and off-putting to others.