“We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing.”-Maria Mitchell, Astronomer
This is part-2 of the 2 part series on science laws and theories to enhance you life success. Here is part-1.
Moving on to part-2 now!
7. Law of Conservation of Energy
“In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” ― Galileo Galilei
The first law of thermodynamics states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. Energy can transform from one form to another. You can store energy as the potential to do work and you can transform it into kinetic energy, the energy of motion.
The basis of the law is the idea that the total amount of energy of a closed system is constant. The law also states that we can calculate the change in internal energy of a system in the form of heat added to it minus the work done by it.
This law contains several ideas that can supercharge our success. The first idea is the concept of non-destructibility of potential. There is great potential inside of you waiting for you to tap it.
You cannot destroy this total potential, but you may need to rediscover it. Similar to the idea that in the acorn lies the promise of an oak tree, there is great possibility in every one of us.
You were also born with a powerful creative potential that you may have forgotten over time.
This potential energy is always within your reach. You only need to reawaken to your great potential.
This law also suggests that the potential can remain dormant or you can transform it into another form. This form is the action form or the kinetic mode.
You mix and match, harness and build up potential energy when you:
- Scratch for ideas and concepts.
- Read diverse works and visit libraries.
- Change the way you look at things.
- Believe in your creative power.
- Adopt the learning and growth mindset.
You move from potential energy to kinetic energy when you:
- Take action on that potential
- Begin forward motion.
- Increase your acceleration or pace of transformation.
- Make changes or iterations based on action feedback.
- Increase the amount of heat or energy that you supply to your most important goals to enhance the amount of work or the output you get out of it.
How can we supply energy to our goals?
Ask if you are converting your potential energy to active kinetic energy of work and motion.
Ask if you are bringing enough energy into the system for positive kinetic movement or do you feel unenergized and uninspired?
Imaging what you can achieve or how successful that you can be if you did not fear that your potential could remain unexpressed.
What if you believed that the expression of potential was as natural as the natural law?
8. The Theory Of Chaos Or Entropy
“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
The second law of thermodynamics states that all systems are moving towards entropy or disorder. In a natural thermodynamic process, entropy or disorder of the participating systems increases. This happens over time and the system loses energy as heat. It states that unless energy from outside is supplied to the system, it moves from order to chaos.
Let me give you an example. If you clean a room today, you may have to put things back and bring order back from the chaos by the input of your energy. Now, if you leave the room as it is and do not clean it again, the messiness or the chaos of the room will only increase over time. Dust will settle on the objects and things will fall out of place.
A major player in the development of the second law was the French Physicist, Sadi Carnot. The story is an interesting one because Carnot’s problem was how to design better steam engines.
Steam was already used for applications such as the spinning and weaving of cloth and draining water from mines. It was also used for forging iron. But the major problem was that the engines it drove were not energy efficient.
Moreover, the recent war with Britain had just ended and they relentlessly pursued better, and more efficient engines.
The brilliance of a few engineers had placed Britain ahead in the race for a better engine. They were already running actual tests and publishing data on the efficiency of engines. They were also arguing the possible merits of single and multi-cylinder, and low and high-pressure engines.
France was getting behind in the race. Carnot decided that that France needed to jump into the race for the usage of steam.
Carnot observed that motion happened when heat dropped from a source like the hot boiler to the cooler condenser.
He wrote The Reflections on the Motive Power of Fire in 1824. Carnot came to the conclusion that engine efficiency depended on the temperature of hottest and the coldest parts. It seemed to be independent of the steam. Read the article here.
How can we use ideas from the 2nd law to benefit us?
Let me ask you this: What systems have you built to move you from chaos to order?
We need to understand that chaos is not a bothersome state but something that natural systems return to. What a relief to consider that option. Now you do not have to fear or loathe chaos or disorder.
Chaos and order are like the ancient symbols yin and yang. Like negative and positive.
Reverse the chaos by doing the following:
- Create systems that work.
- Set up structures that are effective for you.
- Place systems in a context that works for you.
- Bring the right elements to the right place at the right time.
- Stop or slow down the bleeding of energy in the form of busywork and worry.
9. The Biology Information Blueprint
“You look at science (or at least talk of it) as some sort of demoralising invention of man, something apart from real life, and which must be cautiously guarded and kept separate from everyday existence. But science and everyday life cannot and should not be separated. Science, for me, gives a partial explanation for life. In so far as it goes, it is based on fact, experience and experiment.”-Rosalind Franklin
Rosalind Franklin’s experiment of X-ray diffraction laid the foundation for the discovery of the helical DNA molecule. Before Franklin’s work, the structure of DNA, the primary molecule of information still eluded scientists.
After working on the nature of charcoal and how to use it effectively, Franklin began her work on using X-rays. X-rays bend or diffract when thay come in contact with atoms of elements. This process is called diffraction and reveals unique patterns on photographic plates. X-ray diffraction was commonly used to discover the structures of crystalline solids.
In 1950 Franklin returned to King’s college in London, where she began working on DNA. Franklin fine-tuned her equipment to produce a fine beam of X-rays. She extracted DNA as a fine crystalline solid arranged in parallel bundles. Her experiments on the diffraction or the bending of X-rays as they struck the fine DNA made her one of the pioneers of DNA discovery. In fact, her images paved the way for scientists to finally crack the code of the structure of DNA. Read more here.
In Biology, there is a map or a blueprint or a template to encode for life. The blueprint as we all know is DNA. It contains all the information that an organism needs for its function and to thrive.
The map or DNA is used as a template to create messages. These messages or mRNA then move into the cytoplasm of a cell. The cytoplasm is a varied factory of chemical manufacture and various functions. The messages or messenger RNA’s are translated or read to create the action molecules, or proteins.
The flow of information in a cell moves from DNA to RNA to Protein. What the organism is able to express is deeply encoded in the DNA.
How does this translate to your success?
Let me ask you: How good is your blue print for success?
Which blueprint for success are you using?
Is it outdated or obsolete and does not work for you anymore?
Do you use a blueprint for success riddled with limitations and limiting beliefs?
Do you use someone else’s blueprint or have you bought into society’s mind memes?
Next question: How do you take your blueprint and decode it for messages?
Are the messages telling you that success is possible? Are the messages one of hopelessness or one of hope and enthusiasm?
How do the messages translate into action or not?
Are your blueprints or plans and goals have actionable messages or lists and do they translate into concrete action?
Are you satisfied with the current results or have you wondered if you could do something different?
The key is not to work harder or spin your wheels. Instead of changing actions, change the blueprint that you are using for success. And then decode or transcribe new messages and take new actions.
The question probably on your mind is: How can you change a deeply imprinted blueprint?
- Associate with people who are highly successful.
- Examine your current belief system and your current success blueprint.
- Find and examine circumstances of people in your area for success ideas and principles.
- Make an actionable success journal where you jot down successful ideas and implement them in your own life.
If you want to receive inspiration from nature, life and DNA, remember that information is not meant for hoarding and saving for later. It is meant to create something and do something with it.
Action happens as spontaneously as does the transmission of the blueprint in nature. There is regulation of the message but no hesitation, worry or tension about the actions involved.
10. Law of Flotation or the Archimedes principle
“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”-Archimedes
The Archimedes principle states that a body submerged in fluid experiences an upward force of buoyancy. This upward force is equal to the weight of the fluid that the body displaces.
This law explains why a ball sinks but a flat hull or a plate can float on the surface of water. The story that lead to the discovery of the principle is famous.
King Heiro of Syracuse suspected that the goldsmith who made his pure gold crown had mixed in some silver as an impurity. But he had no way of testing if this was true.
Heiro entrusted finding a solution to this perplexing problem to Archimedes. After stepping into a bath, Archimedes noticed that the water level rose as he entered the water. The story goes that Archimedes joyfully leapt out of the bath after his stroke of insight and ran naked through the streets of Syracuse screaming “Eureka” or I have found it.
What can we learn from the law of buoyancy?
What are the upward forces of buoyancy that you are experiencing in your life?
Do you feel like you are sinking in your work and your projects?
A feeling of sinking comes when you feel weighed down and when you experience the following:
- You are overwhelmed by the enormity of the project.
- You take on too many tasks and do not delegate enough.
- When you feel like you do not have enough time and every task feels like a crisis.
- Too many last minute emergency actions.
- You feel disconnected with your goals and with people.
You feel like an upward force of flotation comes forth when:
- You delegate tasks based on the strengths and skills of people.
- You do not overwork yourself.
- You have a feeling of personal control and act within your realm of influence.
- You feel connected with others and your purpose.
- You are well rested and nourished.
You may need to actively seek out and ask for the forces of buoyancy that assist in your floatation. These forces of floatation will be different for different people.
A good place to begin with is asking the vital question: “What conditions, situations and people make me thrive?”
And the question: “What makes me feel like I am sinking or overwhelmed?”
11. The Scientific Method
“A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions–as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
While not itself a theory or a law, this is the umbrella under which science thrives. It is the rigorous testing and the analysis of a hypothesis that is based on observations. Feedback and confirmation in the form of peer review, publications and future study gives the method its rigor and makes the science believable.
How can you allow the scientific method to drive your success forward?
- Make deep observation a part of your life
- Form alternate hypotheses.
- Most importantly, test everything out for yourself and see if it works in your life or your business.
- Then allow the feedback and the data to drive you forward. Choose on the basis of actual field testing.
- Allow active peer review and improvement of your process and your product.
- Based on your results, you can continue with the current hypothesis or allow for other options and choices.
12. Le Chatelier’s principle
“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious – the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” ― Albert Einstein
This is also called the law of equilibrium. This law states that a system opposes changes in conditions from equilibrium states. When a system at its equilibrium undergoes a change in pressure, temperature, or concentration, the system readjusts itself till a new equilibrium is reached.
This shift happens in the direction to minimize the shift of the disturbance or the change in equilibrium. This is the same as homeostasis or the maintenance of body temperature and other critical things within a certain range.
The practical application of this law in our life is the idea that humans oppose change and love to stay in their zone of equilibrium or comfort. When events happen that place you out of your zone of comfort, you experience discomfort and you will have a tendency to move back to the status quo.
This defines the idea of stretching into the unknown and to navigate the uncertainty to allow for successful change.
Option 1: Stay within the zone of comfort or maintain the equilibrium and resist any change. This is the easy way out and while this may feel safe, it is not adventurous or the best option.
Option 2: Allow disruptive shifts in equilibrium and embrace the new changes. This option depends on your ability to manage anxiety and pressure.
A few questions to ask yourself:
- How do you manage uncertainty?
- Do you run away from change or do you embrace it?
- What support structures do you have in place that allow you to manage with shifts of equilibrium?
- Do you go from crisis to crisis or do you have a solid plan for the uncertainty to manifest in a productive way?
- Do you feel vulnerable when you feel uncertain?
This the end of the 2-part series on how science can inspire our success. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the scientists who have contributed to the advancement of science. Whether their contribution has been small or large, I appreciate their hard work towards the solving of natural mysteries.
Now over to you!
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Ravi Chahar says
Like you previous post this one is also informative.;)
I have read a lot about conservation of energy as it can be converted from one form to another but neither be created nor be destroyed. These type of laws are common to read in our previous classes till 12th.
Other principles like human body and many other things are really amazing.
People should know about DNA and RNA.
Entropy which is considered as the freedom for particles is great to know.
Thanks for letting us know more.
Hope you are having fun this weekend.:)
Thanks a lot for your comment Ravi!
I am very glad that you found the post to be informative! 🙂
I agree that biology and getting to know about DNA, RNA and proteins is indeed amazing. It is quite astonishing how all the different myriads of elements work together in great harmony and synchronization. It is not that nature and biology does not fail in what it does sometimes, but I think that things are taken more in stride and things move forward regardless and to the best of their ability. Biology does not stop to worry and become tense about performance, procrastination, perfectionism and comparison.
Unlike Ravi who seem to have read the Part 1, I haven’t and I guess the best thing to do is to visit it now. This was a lovely piece filled with lots of insights.
Applying the principles of science to life, I always say this; Life is just a four lettered word but it is more damning than the wages of sin and I guess knowing some of these principles and applying them will help of course be what the world needs to know.
Please do have a lovely weekend.
Thanks a lot for your comment and your kind words, Emmanuel!
I am very glad that you found the post to be useful and interesting. I agree that science has many great stories and insights locked up in its principles and theories. Even all the scientific publications and articles that are published in different fields can have great tips that very few people get to read and even fewer get to implement. I think that science is a hugely untapped potential for better understanding of the human conditions and the human life.
Thanks and have a great weekend!
I loved this post so much. Your background in the sciences adds such a unique element to your work, and I find your posts and your comments you leave on my blog so helpful and interesting. I particularly loved the first and last points. That energy truly is inside of us, and like you said, just needs to be rediscovered and tapped into. The last point too is one near and dear to my heart because in my own life, I have that first hand experience of moving forward despite uncertainty and over time, you get more comfortable with being uncomfortable. It doesn’t feel as intolerable, and if we can achieve that goal, the things we can do are truly amazing.
Thanks for your comment and your kind words! I totally agree that the energy is inside of us and it is upon each of us live in the most empowered and energized way possible for our own unique situations. It is this tapping part that people find intimidating. Because as Marianne Williamson said, it is not the darkness that we fear the most, it is our light. And I think that when people go deep into their self and find great reserves of strength and potential, it scares the living daylights out of them. We get so accustomed to hearing and believing our limitations that such expression of our light is scary to begin with. But with repeated handling and discovering of the light and the potential, that too can become second nature.
I love the way you put it…you get more comfortable being uncomfortable. That is exactly the point that I was making with the last point. The uncertainty needs to be accessed, become familiar with and managed and then it becomes second nature. Once, we discover what uncertainty and pushing beyond what we thought possible brings into our lives, we begin to move towards it and unlearn the comfort zone conditioning.
Thanks and have a great weekend!