December 12, 2018

Learn to Appreciate the Simple More Than the Complex and Starting Becomes Easy

Complexity tends to make starting harder. The reason for this is simple. The more complex we make a project or task, the more energy required to overcome inertia to start.

Couple complexity with the status quo and we get a noxious cocktail of negativity that will thwart any chance of starting anything.

It’s when things get complex that excuses for not starting are easier to come up with. For example:


  • I’m so overwhelmed with what we have to do.

  • I’m not smart enough to figure this out.

  • There is so many moving parts, we will never be able to figure this out.

  • This concept is hard to explain. This may take a while.


All of these excuses are simply manifestations of complexity. Reduce complexity and they go away.

The Simple Solution is Usually the Best

Simplicity is elegant. Most all great products, inventions or writings are based on simple concepts that resonant.

By making things simple, we distill the goal, project or challenge into manageable small quanta’s of work. These small, simple work deliverables can then more easily be worked on and completed.

The More Moving Parts, the More That Can Break

Another benefit of simplicity is that it reduces the number of potential failure points. The more complex a system, project, concept or idea is, the more that can go wrong. This is really a probability game. If there is a certain probability that something will go wrong with one thing, then it gets multiplied the more complexity you add.

Ways to Take Action

  1. Distill, deconstruct and delineate: Break down any complexity into manageable small quanta’s of work. That way, it will be easier for others to grasp and complete.

  2. Rule of three: Most concepts can be broken down into three smaller concepts and so on. By breaking things down into groups of three, it will be easier to communicate and reconstruct.

  3. 30 second elevator pitch: Any concept should be able to be explained in 30 seconds or less. Practice, hone and refine your idea or concept until it’s compact and easy to understand.

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