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It’s Einstein’s world that we live in.

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This post first appeared on Function Space.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, meaning it’s time to start thinking about things and people you are grateful to. It’s time to sit and celebrate the day of gratitude with Turkey on the table, Tofurkey for vegetarians!

If you are still wondering whom to thank this Thanksgiving Day, here is a food for your thought that will certainly imbibe you with gratitude towards this great man who started it all.

Albert Einstein, one of the greatest scientists in a century dominated by science. The man who made the milestones of the era – bomb, quantum physics, big bang etc.

Without realizing we encounter Albert Einstein in different fields of everyday life. For example, our cars navigate through traffic using GPS, we make purchases in supermarket through a scanner and we use digital cameras to capture memories. Einstein did not make these discoveries, nor did he write any papers stating the practical applications of his theories. But his abstract thoughts on time, light and space time led us to the innovations that seem to be normal today.

Most of us know Einstein either associated with the atom bomb or with his famous equation E=mc^2. But did you know that in 1905, he was the first person to prove the physical existence of atoms. And the mass of atoms contains enormous energy. This theory was indeed an indirect basis of the atomic revolution.

His theories had direct influence on inventions like television, digital camera etc. Thanks to his Special Theory of Relativity that we are able to broadcast sharp images and capture memories today. Electrons inside the television are accelerated and according to the theory of relativity, the mass is increased measurably. If this phenomenon of increasing mass was not taken into consideration electrons would have never exhibited divergence in millimeter range, resulting into blur images.

While all technologies that employ laser beams are based on Einstein’s theories, he was the first to recognize the principle of monochrome and the concept of bundled laser light. All the devices that work on the Global Positioning System or Satellite assisted positioning system are inspired from Einstein’s ideas.

Pieces of equipment which can relay their position with an accuracy of less than 30 meters divergence take into account the effects of relativity on time measurement by atomic clocks when these circle the earth at great speed in satellites.

Even 50 years after his death, his invention and theories have huge influence on our technologies. Where physicists have now begun dreaming of quantum computers, Einstein revolutionized it in 1935 when he discovered that particles can be in different states at the same time. This is the same observation that paved a way for an altogether new area of development called as quantum computers that certainly has revolutionized the 21st century!

He was the embodiment of pure intellect, the bumbling professor with the German accent, a comic cliched shaggy-hairstyle. Let us thank him for the unfathomably profound genius among geniuses who discovered, merely by thinking about it, that the universe was not as it seemed.

Thank you Einstein!

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How to be the change?

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Just like ‘A for apple’  comes naturally to almost everyone, ‘Change is the only constant’ comes to all those, who know the feeling when they discontinue your favorite lipstick shade or  those who are forced to change schools right between an ongoing academic year.

Change is fundamental and it fundamentally shapes every aspect of our society. However, change is motivated by growth and growth leads to progress. And progress in today’s world is primarily monetized. But if money isn’t the catalyst of change, why do we change?

When I was pursuing education, it was a tedious job to get a chance to use the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reactor) since it was very rarely found in my university. As sparse as the distribution of such tools were, it was harder to learn such techniques and their applications. This made me realize that the future is going to be different- it is going to be simple and online!

The world that we live in today has been created by continuously changing vision of innovators. The fact that there are four PCR machines in one lab, that I can talk to anyone anywhere anytime from my phone for free, or it takes me few hours to reach any corner of the world are some examples of innovative changes.

Let it be any industry, we have been witnessing such progressive changes in all of them. From surgeries to lasers, computers to smart-phones or from fire to light bulb, all are changes for the good. And I’d like to think that- change is an ever continuing process to a better world.

Here are some interesting and practical steps to be the progressive change:

 Be the Problem Solver

To be the change you want to see around you, you need to identify the problem first. But just spotting the problem won’t bring the change. The most important thing is to solve the big problem you are really passionate about. The moment you start looking for a solution, things start to fall in place!

It doesn’t have to be big

A moment that passes will never come back, isn’t a moment very small unit to bring about life altering changes? And it still affects our lives like nothing else does!  So, while beginning the process of change, it does not necessarily have to be big. A small step in the right direction can be a great inspiration to a grand vision.

Widen your spectrum

Yesterday, I tweeted, ‘Pursuing one geography at a time’ by which I meant, pursuing one particular niche, geography, area at a time. Explore your potential, mastering one niche completely before moving on to the next. You should try that too. You’ll definitely be able to embody the progressive change!

Be the pole star

Change is the gap between today and tomorrow. And I learnt this when I joined Function Space as a content evangelist. So changing fields was transformational for me. It enabled me to meet people with alumni that I dreamt of having, learn from their conversations and success stories. But in all this my epicenter was growth, personal growth that was so healthy that made me grow with my organization!

The biggest action to be the change is to learn from the best and not everyone is fortunate to do so! Even if you can’t interact with the best people in your industry, you can always try to learn from them.  Read their blogs and read their books. Follow them on social media platforms.

If everyone is working on changing today to a better tomorrow, the future will be just as you thought, great! Go be the change!

This post first appeared on Medium.