Real simplification isn’t cutting down on your wardrobe. Wearing a turtle neck everyday isn’t going to turn you into Mark or Steve. Think bigger. The purpose of simplifying is really consolidation of resources. We each only have so much to use. We don’t act like it of course -we chase every valid idea, emotion, and decision. It’s not so much a sin of greed as it is omission, we just aren’t paying enough attention to the piggy bank we are drawing from. We over spend our resources, make more mistakes, become more unsatisfied because making mistakes and feeling spent blows. Putting effort into developing principles to refer back to would keep us on track.
Real change always takes more work over more time than we think. Many times the most benefit comes from the most uncomfortable changes. That feeling can be, to a certain degree, used as a radar for where we should be focusing our efforts. The potential for the most simplification will always be where there is currently the most complexity. And it’s not in your dresser drawer.