If it Were Easy, What Would it Look Like?

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We chase complexity. Why? It allows us to show off our intelligence. It allows us to hide facts in a complicated story. Complexity is easy. Simplicity is hard. Although superficially complexity seems like a bearable burden for our work, it’s not. The true value and contribution lie in simplicity. Tim Ferris talked on a podcast about a great question useful for reflecting on this:

If it were easy, what would it look like?

This question forces us to imagine what the simplest way would look like. For a project, for a product, for a strategy. More often than not, things are easier than we make them. We need to cut through the mist and be clearer. This is a great key to focusing on what matters. Chase simplicity. Make things simpler. And most important, don’t overcomplicate things.



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Louis M. Morgner

Louis M. Morgner


Acta non verba — writing, music, startups. Co-founder @ TeamTap