Inspired by Company of One by Paul Jarvis, I’ve been thinking a lot about simplicity. While I talked about how to keep things simple recently, I thought I’d take another approach at simplicity because as Jarvis notes: simple isn’t easy. Just brainstorming ways to present this topic simply and clearly created a layer of complexity that simultaneously drove my point home and led me on the journey to strip away what was unnecessary.
12 reasons why simple isn’t easy:
- Simple is a journey, not a destination.
- Complexity often confuses the value inherent in simplicity.
- Simplicity is a function of clarity in values, goals, and vision.
- Overthinking is the leading cause of abandoning simplicity for complexity.
- The more people involved, the more complicated something gets. The more products, solutions, or services offered, the more complicated a business gets.
- Effective decision-making leads to simpler solutions.
- Simple is relative.
- Simplicity is the rejection of perfection.
- Asking questions to weed out complications in the system is a daily pursuit and takes time, effort, and energy.
- Procrastination and poor time management increases complications.
- Adding more instead of subtracting to enough.
- Simple is smart, sexy, and elegant.
- Company of One: Why Staying Small is the Next Big Thing for Business by Paul Jarvis
- How to Keep it Simple (GWTW243)
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