“If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z.
X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.”
Einstein no doubt had an excellent sense of humor. Let’s look at the three variables in this equation:
Albert Einstein had nothing to prove. He felt no need to be the “Chatty Cathy” he could have been with all of his knowledge. It wasn’t important to him to talk to everyone he met or talk over their heads to show off his IQ. Instead he learned the value of quietness and solitude.
Shift your mindset. Don’t be a talker; be a listener. You can make more friends in five minutes by being interested in what others have to say than you can make in five years of trying to get others interested in you. So how do you become interested in them? You ask questions and then keep your mouth shut! Einstein realized he could influence people by choosing when to speak and validating others by extending them the courtesy of listening.