We are tempted to assume that the solutions we seek to the challenges we face must be complicated. We would prefer to have a 200 page prescription with formulas and maybe Latin and Greek symbols and representations, then we would sit up in our minds and say “yes” this must be it. But I am learning that keeping it simple is the key. A simple step-wise approach can be magical.
I heard the story of how for an expedition to the moon all the top physicists were assembled, and their task was to design a pen that will work in an environment where there was no gravitation pull. A humongous task, one requiring true expertise and millions of dollars was spent on research trying to design this pen since the ink will need to flow downwards to work. Finally after a lot of time and money had been spent, they had it, they had a pen that would work on the moon and they were excited for their technological breakthrough but on the day of the launch a teenager simply blotted out asking, why they didn’t think of using a pencil. Millions of dollars spent, so much time wasted and all they really needed to write on the moon was a pencil.
This story shows how sometimes we looking for a needle in a haystack, we are looking for the complicated to fix our lives. When asked why you haven’t started that business, why your marriage isn’t working, why you haven’t gotten that degree or that certification, we have a 350 page thesis on just why. The point is we have gotten sublime at giving great excuses but even more disturbing we have fallen for the ideology that to be great it must be complicated.
Our story also depicts what is called Group think. During brainstorming for solutions a group of people especially when they feel superior whether because of their training and education get on a road believing they would find their solution there. They often blinded by their ego and pride and they can’t see that the solution might just be simpler than they are imagining. Their analysis of the situation is faulty hence their solution has been thrown off.
Keep it simple, keep your life simple do not do complicate. Common phrase for some couples in relationships. And yes you should not do complicated. This is complicated you in love with your wife and sleeping with your secretary who is just a few years older than your daughter and she is now pregnant. Or complicated is you buying a car with a maintenance cost that is more than you monthly salary, but you keep it because the Jones, have the same model and they live in their own house in a neighborhood you rented a flat in and can’t pay the mortgage because you are hoping to make an impression and frankly they do not even notice you.
You know how in elementary mathematics there is what is called the lowest common multiple or lowest common denominator, take out your challenge piece by piece, start simple and grow. Stop letting complicated stop you, stop trying to do everything and never get started doing something.
A BMW or Mercedes is a great car and sometimes we are so fixated on these beauties and how highly advanced their systems are and what they can do that we forget they were pieced together with tiny little parts here and there and they are parts of the BMW made by some companies somewhere in locations we do not know and bearing names we have never heard, but they make billions of dollars in turn over supplying maybe just a chip in the brain box or a part of the propulsion system.
I know you want to write a book, write a page first, you want a conglomerate start that small business, you want to take your wife around the world, please sit with her at eat out just around the corner of your house, laugh, play and just simply love each other.
Someone said the best things in life are free, I say complicated isn’t always better, keep it simple.
Commit to a daily routine to grow your mind.
That’s G.Y.M for today and I trust that you are charged up and obsessed with a burning desire to succeed. Ordinary is a misnomer for you.
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