Life Lessons for the childhood of Einstein
2. Get hooked on the joy of learning
I was born on March 14th 1879 in Ulm, a small city in southern Germany. My father’s name was Hermann and mother’s name was Pauline. They were a middle class Jewish couple. My father worked as a featherbed salesman. Later when the family moved to Munich he started an electrical company. My first memory is that I was hooked on learning
As a child I was slow to speak. I did not speak until I was about three years old. When I did speak I would repeat under my breath and rehearse my words before I spoke. Every sentence I uttered no matter how routine I repeated softly to myself. The babysitter we had thought I was repeating everything because I was not very bright. My parents were worried because I began to speak fairly late, so that they even consulted a doctor. The family legend said that I actually just liked to think about what I said before I said it. My sister recalled that I would nearly always “pause before speaking, as though pondering what I was going to say.
Like ever child I was hooked on learning. I wanted to explore. I wanted to understand. I was curious. I was hungry for knowledge. I had a childlike eagerness. I was interested!
But many children lose that sense as they grow up. There are many children who sit and passively wait for the world to come to them. I saw the world as a hook that attracted me to discover and explore. I pursued learning. If there was one thing that I want you know is to stay hooked on learning and let no one take that away from you.
Get hooked on the joy of learning