Today is Pi Day! Hearing the name might immediately conjure images of a delicious treat cooling on a windowsill. However, it’s actually a day that honors diameter more than dessert.
Pi, written as the Greek letter ’π’, represents a mathematical constant – the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. You’ve probably seen it listed as 3.14, but what makes Pi special is its infinite nature. It’s number that can be calculated for an eternity, while being used to measure any number of calculations with remarkable consistency.
It is irrational, yet useful; predictable, yet pattern-less. In other words, it’s the perfect example for leadership!
In fact, Pi Day represents a fantastic opportunity to revisit the words of some of history’s greatest thinkers. If you’re struggling to find a balance between consistency and innovation in your leadership, consider taking the advice of Pi’s most impactful users.
Here are 3.14 quotes from just a few scientists and great thinkers who found inspiration in Pi’s useful, yet mysterious nature:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
“You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.” – Galileo
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” ― Marie Curie
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” ― Isaac Newton
“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.” ― Stephen Hawking
Leadership isn’t only about a commitment to consistency; Imagination and innovation can add power to your effectiveness. When it comes to being a leader, do you want to stop at just 3.14, or would you rather have your impact felt for an eternity?
Do you have any favorite quotes from history? Please share them (and a slice of pie) in the comments below!