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Stephen Hawking was one of the most influential scientists to exist in the history of humankind. He was born on January 8, 1942, in England (exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo Galilee), and died on March 14, 2018 (exactly 139 years after the birth of Albert Einstein). He is well known for his research on black Holes, which still continues to baffle scientists from all over the world. In early 1963, he was diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and was given just 2 years to live. Although it may seem tragic, it was this incident that shaped the life of this famous physicist. Let us learn some of the valuable life lessons this beautiful soul left behind.
“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”– Stephen Hawking
Life Lessons From Stephen Hawking
1. Never let your limitations define your future
“It is a waste of time to be angry about my disability. One has to get on with life and I haven’t done badly. People won’t have time for you if you are always angry or complaining.”
No matter what the circumstances are, just keep a strong mindset towards your goal. It may be waiting for you down the line. Although he was diagnosed with ALS, he had trust in himself and continued his efforts for knowledge. He overwhelmed his disability by his determination and turned it into his fortune.
2. Be Curious
Stephen Hawking was filled with immense curiosity since his childhood. He started studying physics because he was addicted to gaining knowledge about the universe.
Science is not only a disciple of reason but, one of romance and passion.
It was only curiosity that guided man to invent fire. It has been guiding us long since the dawn of mankind, to explore the very purpose of his existence. We must never forget where we came from and must continue an effort to understand the mysterious universe we live in.
3. Be Hopeful And Never Give Up
When Hawking was first diagnosed with ALS in 1963, he fell into a deep and totally understandable depression. What he had was just hope for a better future, which managed to keep it alive throughout his suffering. If he had given up right when he was diagnosed, then the world would have truly lost one of the greatest revolutionaries.
“Black holes ain’t as black as they are painted,” Hawking said in a lecture. “They are not eternal prisons they were once thought. Things can get out of a black hole, both to the outside and possibly to another universe. So, if you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up. There’s a way out.”
Never ever worry about the consequences, work with a pure heart. Just remember, when life gives you lemons, chill and make lemonade!
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4. Grades Don’t Define Your Intelligence
Although Stephen Hawking is known to be one of the brilliant minds, he was terrible at getting grades at school. He ranked among the worst in his class when he was nine, and he couldn’t push his grades beyond average despite his efforts. He was interested in how things worked and kept fueling his passion, which eventually helped him become an intellectual individual.
“Grades don’t measure anything other than your relevant obedience to a manager”JOHN TAYLOR GATTO
Never ever let anyone demoralize you because of your bad grades. You have one of the most powerful tools in the entire existence, your brain, and no one can define your limitations except you. Sometimes there is a difference between people who are smart and people who get good grades.
5. Never Lose Your Sense of Humor
“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.”
Hawking cherished humor more than his intelligence. Make sure that you never lose your humor and laughter while working towards your goal as it’s the only medicine that can melt away the stress from your mind.
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. Just stay curious and keep fuelling your passion, success may come behind you.