Complexity is your enemy… any fool can make something complicated. It is very hard to make something simple. Don’t accumulate, eliminate! The learned man aims for more, but the wise man decreases and then decreases again. Your lifestyle tends to expand to accommodate your income… avoid this at all cost. Physically get rid of things lying around the house… this will free your mind considerably as you won’t think about them anymore. A rich man is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least
“Telling yourself you have all the time in the world, all the money in the world, all the colors in the palette, anything you want… this just kills creativity” -Jack White
Dr. Seuss wrote Green Eggs and Ham with only 50 different words. “It seems contradictory, but when it comes to creative work, limitations mean freedom… choose what to leave out… nothing is more paralyzing than the idea of limitless possibilities” -Austin Kleon
Simplicity is great in writing and speaking… use less words, but more impactful. Epictetus defined wealth as not having numerous and extravagant possessions, but as having few wants.
“Just as when the uncarved block is shaped it loses its simplicity, when the wise person loses his simplicity he is no longer wise” -Tao Te Ching