THE POWER OF ROLE MODEL
Human beings are among the species of animals whose survival is totally dependent on their ability to imitate. The first to learn from is the mother. Another animal that learns by imitation is the duck. There is an adage in lgbo that captures this inherent characteristic of most species of animals. It is simple, he she goat eats leaf, and its kid— watches her. They learn by imitating their mothers.
As you grow, the onion lies on you to choose who would be your role model in the field you find yourself. It makes sense therefore to choose the winners and leaders in your domain.
An intelligent golfer would chose to imitate Tiger Woods or Jack Nicklaus, those that want to excel in leadership should study Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jnr. Winston Churchill. If you want to be an academic study people like Sir Isaac Newton, William Shakespeare, Chinua Achebe, and the best of all creative geniuses Albert Einstein.
Nature is neutral, If you do what successful people did in their various fields, you MUST succeed. Success again leaves a trail: Researchers in the field of personal development have found that all great skiers for example share certain things in common. There are the minutest movements they all make which when videoed and studied showed well defined similarities to each other. These minutest movements are called isolates”. One can therefore infer that in the game of academics there are “isolates” or building blocks of success. Just as atoms, molecules and ions are the building blocks of matter; what are the building blocks of academic success?
As I have already stated all sports share certain things in common, and I listed four of them.
A quick review of the four shows that
The first, second and third represent the mindset of people in that game, while the fourth represents the skill- set.
It then follows that all winners in academics and if you will win the game of academics, must necessarily share these two determinants for winning with other geniuses:
This article is about the development of the skill- set of the creative Genius like Albert Einstein. This skill- set, I must admit is guided by the mindset of the Genius which by my estimation contributes about 70% of what determines true academic success. The rest 30% is the input of the skill- set. My other book Cultivating the mind-set of the Creative Genius” is a must read for all those that seek to unleash the Genius in them.
Another wonderful book from my table is a great complement to The Game of Academic and how to apply it as it details one of the most important skills of ill n the area of mental Gymnasium’. I am referring to the skill of developing a focused mind; it is commonly called concentration. It’s also a must read for to be creative Geniuses. In as much as I touched or some of the essential parts of these other books in this book, I didn’t do detailed work. You are getting only the tip of the ice berg on each of them.
This airticle is about reading like Einstein so that one can win in the Game of Academics.
Have you ever wondered as I have, how Einstein read his books? The title of this book at face value suggests that I will teach you How Einstein as a person read. Two things therefore ought to cross your mind. It’s either that I stumbled upon some documentary evidence that outlines what he did when he read, or probably that I am an eye witness that observed what Einstein did when he read.
None of these is true of what I have in mind in coming up with this title. In fact, I had dozens of topics in mine when I commenced packaging this book about 2 years ago. But after careful contemplation I voted this sub-topic because I wondered and I believe you also have wondered How Einstein read that made all the difference.
No doubt, we all have access to the vast body of existing knowledge in all disciplines and domain. Nevertheless, they are encapsulated in books. There is no knowledge that one wants to acquire that is not already available in printed form; in fact one can say that there are more books on earth now than there are human beings. This is the time of the fulfillment of the biblical prophecy that stated that a time will come and now is when knowledge will fill from earth as the waters cover the sea. We are in 4ie information Age. Information is contained in books or other, readable forms than in any other means f transmitting information. As some will put it, there i information deluge.
Knowledge is available; but its acquisition mostly through reading has been the biggest challenge facing 99.9% of humanity today. Whatever Einstein knew as a physicist, whatever Philip Emeagwai knows as the highest sought after scientist in the world are not only available but also accessible Thank God for ingenuity and creativity o t inventors and innovators of the printing machine.
Permit me therefore to tell you what I have in mm when I say, How to read like Einstein Simple, the name Einstein for nearly a century has remained the symbol of creativity, Genius or academic success. is based on this fact that if one wants to talk about a Genius, or put it this way if one wants to ask you if you are striving to become a Genius, one asks if you want to become an Einstein. Einstein can substitute for the word genius, Creative or Greatness. Another name for this book would have been, How to read like Shakespeare, Newton, Soyinka, Edison, Ben Carson, Chike Obi, Emeagwali etc. In Nigeria for example, there is a name that symbolizes Mathematics; guess, its Chikeobi. What Chikeobi symbolizes in Nigeria in the area of Mathematics, is what Albert Einstein symbolizes globally in terms of Genius.
Apart from the fact that Einstein is a symbol of Genius, there are other reasons I elected him. It’s important you know this man Einstein whose works have changed and impacted our world greatly. No matter where you are in the world today the results of his thought experiments are influencing you right now. This book is not his Biography, it’s as I have said How the Genius reads. It’s good you get acquainted with this man called Albert Einstein.