We have all met the guy who thinks he is as smart as Albert Einstein was and the woman who sees herself as a Marilyn Monroe type. Right folks, dream on. We are talking about two totally unique people here. Einstein was in possession of a powerful mind, full of fantasy, curiosity and most of all, humility. Monroe, was stunningly beautiful and extremely vulnerable. The perfect recipe for love? Maybe, rumors have floated around for decades that they were lovers.
Einstein once said: “The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Apparently Monroe became a fantasy to Einstein, just imagine Marilyn swirling around in Albert’s mind, bumping into all those math symbols in a fight for dominance.
The media legend starts with a dinner party. Einstein and Marilyn sat next to each other. After a few flutes of champagne, she cooed in his attentive ear: “I want to have your child. With my looks and your brains, it will be a perfect child!”
Einstein replied: “But what if it has my looks and your brains?”
But Marilyn captured Einstein’s imagination. They reputedly lived together on Fantasy Island for awhile. He joined the legion of lovers who ignored her fatal flaws and she ignored the fact that he was no matinee idol, but neither were Joe DeMaggio or Arthur Miller. Einstein even autographed his photo: “To Marilyn, I am forever grateful”.
Any affair they had was doomed to end. She belonged to Hollywood, but she was a wry observer of the illusion of stardom: “Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you $1 million for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul . . . I often stood silently at parties for hours listening to my movie idols turn into dull and little people.”. Obviously Albert had an impact on her thinking.
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.