By Damilola Faustino
One of the world’s most beloved theoretical physicists Stephen Hawking died recently. Hawking was not just a figure of pop culture; he was a scientist, physicist, and mathematician who directly impacted how we think of space, the universe, and even existence. Despite the fact that he had a rare slow-progressing form of motor neurone disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disease), that gradually paralyzed him over the decades, it did not deter him from being a great personality know around the world. As such, we share life lessons to learn from this 76-year-old prof:
Do not let anything hold you back
You have had moments where you wonder if you’re really as good at something as you think you are. These moments of doubt are almost universal in their scope. We all have challenges to overcome and, most importantly, it’s important to remember that you can overcome them. Nothing is too difficult, as long as you surround yourself with good people, good humor, and enough curiosity to get you through the difficult times.
Stephen Hawking, with his incredible intelligence and ability to solve math equations that prove that particles are ultimately not real, knew that the most important part of the universe is the people. It’s our friends and family, our coworkers and colleagues. It’s the people we see every day at convenience stores and our favorite restaurants. People matter and it is important we appreciate them.
It’s easy to get comfortable in life. To find a niche where you succeed and to stay there, doing well, but not doing extravagantly well. It’s easy to go stagnant, to not take chances anymore, either out of fear or complacency. Even when you know what you’re doing every single day, you can always learn more: staying curious and staying invested in always improving is one of just many life lessons to learn from Hawking.
Love your work
You have had to take on tasks you don’t always enjoy. But ultimately, you love your jobs.
Loving the work you do is important to your satisfaction. Stephen Hawking knew that too. It’s very easy to say that if you don’t love your job, to leave it; but there are ways you can make the work you do more fun, even if it’s not exactly your life’s calling.
A sense of humor
Being able to accept all life’s challenges with humor, wit, and a good attitude will take you a long way in life. It will make you a better person.
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