Why Simple Is Hard
Lots of things are incredibly hard, but relatively simple to accomplish.
- Running a marathon is hard, but it’s simple. Just don’t stop until you’ve moved 26.2 miles from the starting point.
- Losing weight is simple. Cut out processed foods and move frequently.
- Starting a business is simple. Sell a product or service that people will give you money for.
It’s all very simple.
But that doesn’t mean it will be easy.
There are a ton of other factors that you have to deal with: motivation, discipline, starting, persevering, not stopping all while continually hurdling constant new barriers that threaten to keep you still.
Just because something is simple, doesn’t mean it will be easy. Just because something is easy, doesn’t mean it will be worth it.
The intersection of simple and hard
The best things tend to be at the intersection of simple and hard: the problems themselves are hard, but the solutions are elegantly simple.
Why Easy Sucks
Stay away from the easy things – they tend to give you a false sense of production and satisfaction without actually accomplishing much. Focus on doing the hard things instead.
At the same time, don’t do hard stuff just because it’s hard and complicated. Complicated things are usually complicated by those that don’t understand it. The entire theory of relativity could be summed up by an equation a 5 year old could repeat back to you: E=MC2.
Focus on simple. Stay away from easy.
Simple might be hard, but easy sucks.
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