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What Leonardo Da Vinci and Steve Jobs had in common?
In my attempt to collect the most of what life has to teach, I stumbled upon a concept that dazzled me. Ever since my days in school, I found it difficult to understand complex matters. The more complicated the topic was, the more I hated it.
This issue of complexity is what drove me away from topics such as math and physics. However, what I never understood was why I liked chemistry, which by all counts is a complicated subject. It turns out it all had something to do with the teachers. It was how they presented the subject to me.
This is a very critical issue, as we all choose our field of specialization based on what subjects we liked in school. So what is the key factor that differentiated the physics teacher from the chemistry teacher?
The answer is simple. It’s simplicity.
The physics teacher took ages to explain a concept that takes seconds. The chemistry teacher did exactly the opposite. Guess who gained my respect in the end? The chemistry teacher. Not only that, a few years later, he was appointed as the head of the entire school.
Albert Einstein once said: “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
Leonardo Da Vinci was famous for saying: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
To simplify means you have total control over the matter you are dealing with.
When pitching an idea to potential investors, simplicity is important. It makes it realistic.
When a commander simplifies the mission to his soldiers, they believe that it’s doable and follow him.
Even in technology. The simpler the more beautiful. Long gone are the days when we admired complex things. Steve Jobs figured this out early. “You could see it in everything he created. He was a dominant person who liked to understand what he had in hands and simplify it for his customers. He once said:
“That’s been one of my mantras- focus and simplicity. 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.”
Simplicity is power.
Simplify you life, your wishes, your products, and your words.
Until next time,