Learn the Power of a Simple Life from Joel Zaslofsky
How powerful is simple?
Does your life feel like an endless To-Do list where a new task pops-out after you finished one?
Work, family, business, even gadgets seem to clamor for our attention. Even when armed with the latest tools to keep life uncomplicated, the opposite is happening and there’s no time to slow down.
Will it ever change?
Joel Zaslofksy says yes it is possible to simplify life and take time to smell the flowers. What more, he also tells you that slowing a bit more will not jeopardize your career.
Joel Zaslofsky used to work in corporate America and was one of the rats in the endless race to fame, money, and fortune. On top of that, he was addicted to World of Warcraft, which took most of his waking times when he’s not working.
However, his wife announcing the birth of their first child made him stop and evaluate his life. He asked himself if that was the kind of life he wanted his child to have. His answer and his evaluation of his life made a 180-degree turn and eliminated the things that complicate them.
Simple living does not necessarily mean that you only have the bare necessities in life. Rather, it comes from the concept of “enough.”
What is enough for you? How much money is enough? How many things are enough? When do you say you have enough relationships?
Is your life better or worse when you strip yourself of some things? Answering this will give you a clue of what is enough for you. It will also help you eliminate things that are not necessary in your life.
Need Vs. Want
“There are things I need to abstain from.”
These are the first words Joel uttered as he explained his difficulty of applying moderation to his life. He simply didn’t know how he could do that because he was given to extremes.
The answer was to test his assumptions – Is life better with or without this? Surprisingly, the answer oftentimes is life is better without most of the things in your life right now, whether they are things or relationships.
What Simplicity Can Do
Ken Segall, former Creative Director of Apple, said that “Simplicity is the ultimate competitive weapon.” No one can attest to those words more than web design professionals who know that what works well in design isn’t something complicated but simple.
In our lives, simplicity benefits us in so many ways – it increases our self-awareness as well as our ability to be grateful, even with the little things. Moreover, simplifying things make us content with the relationships we have rather than getting happiness from the things we can get.
Simple is powerful because it makes things easier and clearer. It also lessens the time we spend on things making us save more than waste more. Steve Jobs said that when you say no to a thousand things, you innovate. So learn to simplify and innovate to become more capable and highly efficient.
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