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Imagination is more important than knowledge...
Albert Einstein

All men dream: but not equally.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds
 wake in the day to find that it was vanity:
but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men,
 for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.

T. E. Lawrence

By many accounts, Albert Einstein was in no way smarter than his fellow physicists. As a child, he was very late in talking, was kicked out of school, so alienated his three professors that none of them would recommend him for a assistant professorship when he graduated from college. A friend got him a job in the Swiss patent office after Einstein failed to find any jobs in academia.

What made him have the impact he did? He hated authority, hated people telling him the way things had to be. He was more creative, more able to see outside of the box, more able to see things in ways they hadn't been seen before. He apparently loved working in the patent office - all these creative works, trying to do things that had never been done before.

Einstein was a pacifist in World War I, much to the dismay of his fellow German scientists. Yet when Hitler came to power in 1933, he did much to raise alarm about the dangers of a Nazi Germany. Einstein’s letter to Roosevelt in 1939 spurred the Manhattan project. He stood up to Joe McCarthy, repeatedly. All these things from a scientist.

We live in a world of constant change. All the amazing (and horrifying) things that have rocked our world in the last 100 years are just the beginning. I think we'll see as much change in the next 100. We benefit every day from this changing world - medical breakthroughs, cheaper/faster PCs, iPods, cell phones, new better versions of software (excluding Vista), etc.

If the world is changing every day, we personally face two options – let someone else guide the change, or step up and make an impact ourselves.

Technical folks tend to dwell in the realm of “what is”. It’s good to remember to take a step (or several dozen) back and keep our focus on what can & should be as well. And not just do this for the ‘big’ things, but in everyday interactions with people, customers, fellow employees, everyone.

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Craig Wiseman April 10th, 2007 11:07:00 PM

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