How Do You Handle Resistance?

A Timeless Lesson from Einstein

Albert Einstein

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”

Einstein was one of the most extraordinary and prolific thinkers in modern history. Yet, like so many of us, Einstein faced judgment and criticism from colleagues and friends. He experienced resistance from mediocre minds who were threatened by his acumen and brilliance.

But Einstein was influenced by more than intelligence, his spirit was influenced by passion, courage and the pursuit of truth.

“Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.”

If you’re up against any resistance, criticism or judgment, reflect on Einstein and where he drew strength.

To build resilience, never bow blindly to comfort and convention. Instead, reach out to the people in your life who have great spirit, people who are interested, open, compassionate and curious to the core.

Great spirits lift us and remind us to always reach for excellence and truth. These people will sustain, inspire and challenge you to be more courageous.

What can you do?

  • Be very vigilant about WHO you spend your time with.
  • Do not bow blindly to conventional prejudices, status quo or mediocre opinions.
  • Do an honest assessment of standard bearers in your life. Are they drawing you up or dragging you down?
  • Take stock of the “Great Spirit” in your life, people whose opinions you seek out and appreciate.
  • Rise above polarized perspectives. You don’t have to share opinions, but great spirits will always find a way to transcend differences.
  • Assess motives. Is resistance coming from a place of comfort and fear? Or a place of excellence and truth?
  • Nurture your own Great Spirit. What passion, dream or aspiration is at large in you? Own it and bring it to life.