Confucius said, “Life is really simple but we insist on making it complicated.” Warren Buffett said something similar, “There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.”
I think this is true in all areas, including work. Technology and human interactions are fusing together. It is easy to overcomplicate everything and get overwhelmed.
A few years ago my word for the year was “simplicity” and ever since it’s become my mantra. Both for myself but also for everything we do and create for others.
I had listened to Tim Ferris being interviewed by Marie Forleo. He talked about finding the most “simple and elegant solution” for any endeavor that he wanted to take on.
I believe the simpler we keep things, the more likely we are to execute them. The more we execute, the more results we see and the faster we move forward.
When thinking about doing something, the first question to ask is, what is the most simple way to do this?
Leave out the complications and the details. The more complicated something becomes, the more any of us will talk ourselves out of being able to pull it off. (Also known as self-sabotage.)
And when it comes to sales and prospecting and closing in your business, nothing could be more simple than Go for No!
Get more no’s. The more you complicate it, the more difficult it becomes.
As Steve Jobs said, “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
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