Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 05/2/2022
People ask me all the time how I decide where to place my ideas. I have a weekly podcast, a daily “Minute with Alan” video, a monthly video, four monthly newsletters, I tweet seven days a week, and I blog daily on my public blog and private blog (the latter for members of my communities). Oh, yeah, and here’s the weekly Monday Morning memo. I also have a weekly cartoon on my blog, The Adventures of Koufax and Buddy Beagle.
My answer is stunningly disappointing to many people: I don’t care where I put stuff, I just turn to the nearest vehicle at hand, or whatever deadlines need to be met. That’s it.
I’ve made a few dollars in my career by reducing things to simplicity, not conflating them to complexity. I love it when clients say in response to my advice, “But that’s so simple!” Right, and that’s why you can do it immediately and repeatedly with minimum effort and disruption. That will be $50,000, thank you very much.
Thus, I make things easy for myself. When I have a good idea (or at least I think I do) I either write about it or record it, and the latter on either audio or video. It may appear tomorrow, it may appear next month. The idea itself is the important thing, the venue not so much. (I rarely recycle among my media or duplicate from one to another, though my technical people will sometimes do that in addition to my original work.)
This comes from the old Roman Law: De minimis non curat praetor. (The magistrate does not consider trifles.) It means that we should focus on the relevant, important stuff, and not whether we’ve upgraded a seldom used application to version 4.1.a.2.0.∞.
Anyhow, that’s what I was pondering Sunday morning and I figured why not share it with you this morning. I hope it helps. The point, of course, isn’t the destination, it’s to create interest and never to fall into the quicksand of hebetude.
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. —Steve Jobs
In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Truth is ever to be found in simplicity, and not in the multiplicity and confusion of things. —Isaac Newton