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Not only she won two Nobel Prizes in different fields, she won the hearts of many generations that were to follow. On her 85th death anniversary, let us have a look at five important life lessons that everyone can learn from Marie Curie.
1. Be Passionate
She was so passionate about her love of science and it was this passion that enabled her to continue her work and studies to overcome adverse conditions throughout her life. Despite opposition from the stereotypes, she kept working towards her dream. Prohibited from higher education, she joined Warsaw's "floating university," a set of underground, informal classes held in secret.
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. - Curie
Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. To be successful, it is also very important to be humble and never let fame or money travel to your head.
2. Make The Most Out of Your Resources
Marie Curie’s financial status is not a thing we should exaggerate about. For instances, she would have to survive solely on bread and tea for days. Most of the research she carried out with Pierre was in a tin shed, lacking proper instruments and ventilation. Despite all her problems, she never complained about lack of opportunities, instead, she created them with her perseverance and hard work! She even once quoted:
We have no money, no laboratory and no help in the conduct of this important and difficult task. It was like creating something out of nothing.
3. Overcome Obstacles
Madam Curie grew up in Poland in the 19th century, the times when women were kept forbidden from higher education. She also lacked financial resources to pursue further education but that didn’t stop her from chasing her dream. For years she worked as a governess under sluggish and frustrating environment but she kept going. Marie suffered a tremendous loss in 1906 when Pierre was killed in a tragic accident by a horse-drawn wagon. Despite her tremendous grief, she kept going. No matter whatever obstacle life placed before her, she kept going with her determination to succeed.
Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
It’s a part of life to have obstacles, but they don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it or work around it. Just do it!
4. Have Curiousity
Marie Curie had been so curious in every part of life than one could think of! She had so much thirst for knowledge that she once became the member of an undercover university in Poland. She would keep samples of radium aside her table to use them as nightlights. If you want a glimpse of Madam Curie’s manuscripts, you would have to wear a protective gear to shield yourself from radiation contamination. Even her remains were kept in a lead-lined coffin. Pretty horrific!
Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
We must keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
5. Be An Inspiration
Madam Curie found her voice and inspired others to find theirs. She inspired her own children to take science and go on the way to win the Noble Prize. Today she stands as a token of inspiration for women all across the world. Remembered as a leading figure in science and a role model for women, she has received numerous posthumous honors.
Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Set your goals high, and don’t stop until you get there! Remember, Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.