“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
There is something plainly obvious about Einstein’s observation and another element that is more subtle and valuable. The first and most obvious conclusion we get from Einstein is to recognize that thinking the same way will tend to produce the same results over and over, until we no longer question the process. Therefore, we need to try thinking in new ways to solve old problems. We need to ask new questions and try new suppositions.
The second meaning comes from Einstein’s own experience. He routinely altered his thinking. By doing so, he came up with results others had been unable to reach. By doing this repeatedly, he saw a solid principle: “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
Regarding the problem of dying, how to live forever or live fully, we need to use new thinking. Otherwise, we will continue to die like we always have. Like Einstein, who did not think of himself as brilliant, only someone who thought differently to solve age-old problems, we must shift our thinking. We do not need to be brilliant, better or nicer to avoid dying, live forever or live fully.
What are you doing today to shift your thinking? What can you do routinely that will make thinking differently a habit?