Simple is Best

Why do we always try to complicate things? The simpler, the easier it is to do, to remember, to teach.    Last night at Midwest Speaking Professionals, my friend Stephanie Kurokawa reminded me of this fact that I know so well and forget too often. I gave a speech that was better received and engaging because it was simpler, with a few key points rather than complex and overloaded with too much data and facts.

So often in life we try and make things more difficult than they need to be.   We pride ourselves in handling volumes of data and doing something with it, taking a simple process and adding so many steps it’s a wonder that anything gets done.   Need to assemble something? Wouldn’t you rather have 3-5 simple steps instead of hundreds?   Some examples of beautiful and simple:

Some of Louis Armstrong’s best solos were only a few well played, well intonated notes,

Some of the best recipes are just a few ingredients,

Some of the most important theories are the ones with simple formulas,

Some of the best pictures are of simple sunrises and sunsets,

One of my favorite songs is the one-note samba,

Some of the best ball players focus on hitting the ball, shooting the basket, or catching and running (and notice when they are “in the groove” they are so much better than when they try to outthink).

Today, try and simplify something you’re doing.  Reduce the steps, use fewer words, make it easier and more elegant and see what happens – you’ll often find a much better outcome! Lake Michigan Sunrise

About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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