Champions understand, value and leverage the power of keeping it simple.
Masters and legends understand that mastery is achieved day in and day out, through practicing simple skills and improving them.
When it comes to simplicity, the average performers are always looking for the complex answers, when in fact masters know that the solutions lie into breaking down into simple steps.
One of the most brilliant minds of the last century who was able to understand and execute the most complicated issues Albert Einstein is well known to say- “Everything Should Be Made as Simple as Possible, But Not Simpler”, he even goes further “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
In fact, what about one the biggest inventor as Leonardo Da Vinci said; “Simplicity, is the ultimate sophistication”, What about Henry David Thoreau “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness”.
The power in being simple, thinking simple, acting simple is a secret aptitude that a lot of people are underestimating.
When he came back to Apple, to revitalize the company that it is Today-Steve Jobs the iconic CEO of Apple Inc. says this: “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains”.
Even if you don’t want to move mountain, you probably want to be a high performer, or achieve your goals-guess what –simple is power-
It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” Bruce Lee
It seems that we are drawn to learn and keep learning thinking that’s where we get our edge, until you come across this perspective-
“Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.” Martin H. Fischer.
That might seem too far distant, but William James ground it in such way that for him it’s very simple ““The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.”
Ending with a master is probably the best compliment we can look; from two angles Lao Tzu claim this
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” And “Be content with what you have, rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”.
If that doesn’t resonate with you, Hans Hoffman probability would when he simplifies by saying “
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.
I love it even better as this drives it home for me- simple-The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of the non-essentials.
That similar to the point. Champions Keep the main, the main thing.