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Why Simple Wins in This Complicated World

Why Simple Wins in This Complicated World
From Lifehack - November 14, 2017

There are two kinds of people in the world: simplifiers, and complicators.

Complicators, they seem blind or fearful of simple solutions. Everything they do, they do it in the most difficult and complex manner. From a distance, this looks like they thrive on challenges.

Simplifiers, on the other hand, are the opposite. They avoid complications of any kind. They can be mistaken for people who only do the minimum amount of work needed to get by.

The difference between these two kinds of people becomes obvious when they are required to write an essay or report. Even if they are writing about the exact same thing, the complicator will write far more than the simplifier. From a distance it will look like the complicator wrote the better piece, after all, its longer, and possibly more detailed.

However, it needs to be asked, does more automatically mean better?

More + Complex = Better?

Its human nature to want more, we find interest in the difficult and complex. When we get more of something, we feel it is strangely worthwhile.

Our technological progress focuses a lot on more. For decades a phone was something used to call people. Now our phones are web browsers, cameras, gaming devices When we see something that has many different uses and functions, we assume it is better than similar items.

For example, would you buy a pencil that is great for drawing and writing, and comes with no other features, or a pencil that comes with lots of other features?

Most of us would go with the second option, even though in many ways its the inferior.

Complexity Is Appealing but Not Practical

Complexity might make something seem more attractive, but the complications may actually subtract from something rather than add. It doesnt help to make something effective. But complexity is easy, simple can be difficult to achieve.

Edsger W. Dijkstra, one of the founding fathers of modern computer programming said,

Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.

Great pieces of work only emerge when you take things away from it. For example, the Declaration of Independence was heavily edited by Benjamin Franklin before he officially released it.

The first line originally read:We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable

Simplicity Gets More Things Done

Make It Simple, but Significant

1. A Clear Intention

2.Kill your Darlings

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