# Obtain Clarity Through Equation

by Andrew Tarvin
on February 26, 2009

Part of what made Einstein so smart was his ability to explain the complex in a simple way. After all, it was Einstein who quipped “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” He was able to distill part of his Theory of Relativity into the simple equation E=MC2.

**Einstein’s Equation for Success**

One of my favorite Albert Einstein quotes is his equation for success in life: “If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x y is play and z is keeping your mouth shut.”

The next time you’re trying to explain something complex, take an equation from Einstein and adapt it to your needs. For example:

- If A is Project Management, the A = w + x + y + z, where w is scope control, x is risk management, y is budgeting, and z is critical planning.
- If A is the song Splish Splash, then A = x + y + z, where x is splish, y is splash, and z is taking a bath.
- If A is understanding algebra, then A = x + y + z, where x is x, y is y, and z is z.

The equation doesn’t have to perfect, the idea is to just be unique and memorable so that people can have an easier time remembering whatever it is you are explaining, even if it is just the song “Splish Splash.”

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