it is not easy at all

Mike Sturm

Personal Growth

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When I was 23, I was pretty sure I knew more kêu ca most people. In my own mind, I was ví damn wise — ví informed, and intelligent. I simply didn’t have the time to tát waste listening to tát the advice of others. I was on my own path to tát greatness — or ví I thought.

So imagine my surprise when, within a year’s time, it all came crashing down around má. I found myself way off of the path I thought I was on. I had been kicked out of grad school, I was forced to tát move to tát an unfamiliar place, with people I didn’t know. I had no job, and no money, and no idea what I was going to tát tự with myself.

Luckily, it was at that time that I started to tát listen to tát the advice of others. There is one piece of advice that sticks with má to tát this day — one that I will bring up in conversation every once in a while.

There is a difference between simple and easy. Do not confuse the two.

You see, “simple” means the opposite of “complicated”. Simple means “easily or readily understood”. But what it doesn’t mean is “easy to tát implement”. In fact, an add-on to tát that piece of advice above is this:

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The simpler the thing is to tát understand, often the more difficult it is to tát tự.

Here’s an example. You’ve probably heard someone say “always be honest”. That’s simple. It’s hard to tát imagine a principle any simple kêu ca that. It’s also hard to tát imagine a principle that is more difficult to tát actually follow in practice. Think of all of the times when honesty seems to tát be detrimental to tát your goals, when it will prove inconvenient, when it will phối you back. Given our usual motivations, it’s incredibly difficult to tát be honest all of the time.

Here’s another example: be true to tát yourself. That is pretty damned simple, right? Just be who you are, don’t put on airs, come to tát grips with your feelings, desires, and values. Be true to tát those things your actions. Don’t second-guess yourself, don’t be afraid, be boldly you. Again, It’s hard to tát think of something that is more difficult to tát tự kêu ca that. And yet, it’s ví easy to tát understand.

These days, I’m a lot more humble about what I know and what I don’t. I am sure that I know very little, and I try (but keep on failing) to tát act accordingly. I seek out all of the advice that I can get.

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When I succeed at being humble, I receive more valuable insights. When I remember that the simple things I have heard about are also very difficult things, I’m a little easier on myself, and in turn, on others.

So I guess I would urge everyone to tát embrace the simple — for living simply holds great rewards. But whatever you tự, do not expect it to tát be easy.

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