Life is complex. Making simplicity out of the complexity is the primary ability of the leaders and we all are the leaders of our own lives.
To proceed better towards our purpose, we ought to also tell others what we are up to.
Personally I’ve struggled with this communication and simplification aspect of my writing for example. It has been hard to say “what I am writing about.” This doesn’t make any sense, shouldn’t I be able to easily tell in one or few words tell what I am writing about? Conclusion is that yes this is exactly how it is.
Same simplicity rule of 1 – 3 words applies to whatever we want to do and achieve in life.
How well what you want to achieve matches with what you are known for?
For longer time and even still sometimes my extended family knows me as the guy who to call when something goes wrong with the IT. I see these people rarely, that they still connect me with an idea and identity that perhaps did better describe me about 10 – 12 years ago. And all the way to the this point I haven’t updated them with what is important to me at the moment and what I am up to in a simple way.
In professional life this is even more important, because meetings are short and memory is short. We need to simplify hard and get the right association. Therefore to be known for one thing that best describes you is the way to go.
What do you want to be known for?