Simplicity is genius. I believe this. Einstein himself said “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.”
He had a point. We can sometimes oversimplify to our detriment.
Autopilot is absolutely simpler than manual driving, but we know it’s not meant to be used all the time.
What can get compromised in the process runs the gamut. It could be our own satisfaction. It could be higher business profits.
We oversimplify when we focus on an area without first understanding the big picture. What’s the big picture? Your goals! All of them.
An example of oversimplification might be the person who is hell-bent on making 30 prospecting phone calls to purchased leads each day. They read this is a proven way to succeed, or they have a colleague whose success is built on this foundation. Every X dials connects with Y people. A small percentage will turn into prospects, and an even smaller percentage become clients.
Imagine if, instead of all the calls, they used that time and energy connecting with existing clients for referrals. Calls to purchased leads vs. cultivating and connecting with referrals? Give me more of the latter all day long. It’s a simpler road to success – right? But that may just be my preference!
There are always going to be people who succeed using any given system. I’ve heard it said “the system works if you work the system.”
That said, what’s the best system – or strategy – for you to use, NOW?
I ask now because the answer is almost certain to change in time. It’ll change because you change. Your goals change. Your priorities change. So the best system/strategy now? That answer will change as the world changes, presenting options unheard of in the not-so-distant past.
I find this prospect exciting. I think the world is a great laboratory where we get to figure out what we’re going to do now, and endlessly tweak as things change. And that can be a satisfying journey. Simply satisfying, my fellow genius.
This blog is originally published in Marilee's newsletter.
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