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Seeking Simple

by Rick Baker
On Mar 23, 2010

A couple of years ago I wrote a blog, more like a detailed paper, titled Seeking Simple.

Seeking Simple is about making good decisions.

Seeking Simple is about really communicating.

Seeking Simple is about solving problems.

Seeking Simple is about reducing our stress levels.


Seeking Simple© is about more than that…but that’s a good-enough introduction for now.

Here are a couple of pieces of inspiration…

A 14th century English friar, William of Ockham, came up with a razor [rule of thumb] that has been translated many ways, one being:

"When confronted with multiple solutions to a problem, choose the simplest one."

In 1916, Robert Updegraff created a little classic book titled, ‘Obvious Adams: the story of a successful businessman’. [I am thrilled to have a 1916 copy, with a most-endearing father-to-son note penned on the title page.] Obvious Adams is a little story about a fellow who sees what everyone else misses. While everyone else is bogged down in the details, Obvious Adams sees the obvious. And, the obvious is simple. We can learn from Obvious Adams.

Here’s a link to an Obvious Adams book review


My goal here was to introduce the concept - Seeking Simple.

I would like to obtain help from you folks who read my blog…I would like to hear or read your stories about how simple decisions or simple communications or simple solutions to problems have served you well.

So, please, if you have some personal anecdotes then please share them with me…and our other readers.

More about Seeking Simple in future blogs…


Delegation & Decisions | Seeking Simple!

Comments (7) -

2/5/2012 5:41:57 PM #

"To arrive at the freedom and joy of simplicity, one must not think less, he must think more; only the thinking must be set to a high and useful purpose, and must be concentrated upon the facts and duties of life, instead of dissipated in unprofitable theorizing."

"Simplicity works untrammeled, and becomes greatness and power."

James Allen
'The Life Triumphant', (1907)

2/20/2012 11:10:01 PM #

“The greatest discoveries, you know, have arisen out of things which everybody had seen, but only one man had NOTICED.”

Robert Collier
The SECRET of The Ages, (1926)

rick baker
3/25/2012 7:04:26 PM #

“In the great race of life common sense has the right of way.”

Orison Swett Marden
'Pushing to the Front', (1911)

rick baker
3/28/2012 10:16:54 PM #

[About the brain and the mind]

"The behaviour of self-organizing systems is extremely simple once we get to treat them as self-organizing systems."

Edward de Bono
'Water Logic', (1991)

rick baker
6/7/2012 11:43:49 PM #

"When in doubt attend to motives singly. Think of one at a time clearly and forcibly. Do not become distracted by many considerations."

Frank C. Haddock
'Power of Will', (1907)

rick baker
8/6/2012 10:46:32 PM #

"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler."

Albert Einstein

rick baker
3/9/2014 12:03:49 PM #

“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run.”

Henry David Thoreau

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