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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Einstein's Definition of Success

Oh boy, I am excited. See, I've been preoccupied with two very important considerations, considerations so important that I haven't finished reading the book I was planning to blog about to you. It's a very interesting book, actually; but apparently not as interesting to me as whether I should switch my blog to Wordpress and change the title, or change the title and stay on Blogger. Or switch my template and my title. Or hold firm to my title, Unmapped Country, because it's a great title and I love it.

But my title has nothing to do with success. And it seems to me that maybe my blog's title ought to indicate what it's about and hint at my style, rather than seeming all mystical-poetical.

Unmapped Country, by the way, is from Daniel Deronda, by George Eliot:
"There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms." (Book 2, Ch. 15)

Perfect, really, for exploring life in suburbia and my emotional vicissitudes.
image via suttonhoo.blogspot.com



Howevs, my scores of readers, I've been on success for a while, so maybe a dedicated success title is in order. I'm trying one out right now.

Anyhoo, while I was searching my Oxford Book of Quotations, I came across this:

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.

That there is a definition of success by one Albert Einstein. Exciting, right? What didn't that man define? I ask you.

Success=x + y + z. Easy as pie. Instructive. Inspirational, even. Inspirational and perspirational, to boot.

Except, if I examine those variables, a couple troubling points emerge. Work is x. Okay, sure. Well, I have some work, but not that much--I need more. Still I do have some x. Play is y. Okay, I've got play.

But z?

z= keeping your mouth shut? Um. Pretty much by definition this blog proves I'm a total failure at z.

So I'd better try it now.

Shhhhh.

What do you think of the title?

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