As you can see, I republished one of the most important articles I have ever published.
What is important in the article is the insight. It is an insight about a life well lived. Einstein said:
“If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.” ((This quote says that being successful means being useful in three important ways.
x and y are simply about having a life. The more good things you do, the more you get paid, and the more successful you are at life. Play is fun. z is important because speech is so common. As a lever of influence, it has a high impact on your sum total of usefulness.
z means it’s hard to say something useful: talking is useless by default. Taken literally, it means that you can only become less successful by talking. Talk only hurts, it never helps. Taken as a poetic license, it means that the odds of saying something useful are against you.
Talking sends information into the world. The conversation is overtly about the things in the world, but covertly about the speaker. Even assuming that the talk about the world is useful to the listener, the covert message about yourself is noise, vanity, or masochism.
Speakers who leak vanity risk being preyed upon by good listeners with an agenda. Those who leak masochism invite others to play ‘Kick Me’. Even if the covert channel sends just noise, it is diluting the useful information on the overt channel. Therefore, talk is best reserved for short windows of opportunity to put in a key bit.
An experienced conversationalist from a healthy social environment tends to be short and sweet. Highly successful people are known for what they did, rather than what they said.))
The insight is that you can use the laws of physics in your life to succeed.
We can use Newton’s first law to achieve great things, to live a life we were meant to live, to live the life Life meant for us to live.