“Be quick, but don’t hurry.” — John Wooden
I am guilty.
I have used 50 words where five will do. I have used entire paragraphs when words like “yes” or “no” or “I agree” would have sufficed.
Forgive me, friends. I have not always been brief.
But I am reminded, again and again, that brief can be wonderful.
Here’s Derek Sivers, who delivers a TED talk — and all the inspiration and genius that comes with it — in less than three minutes:
Here’s Patrick Ewing, a tech guy at Twitter, who manages to sum up the way I do work in a single sentence:
OH: “Life is all about hitting submit and then dealing with it.” -@hoverbird
— Andrew Fitzgerald (@magicandrew) November 14, 2012
Here’s Joel Plaskett, who explains why growing up sucks in a song that clocks in at under two minutes:
The good old days
Well I suppose, I’m glad they’re behind us now
The only thing worse than growing up
Is never quite learning how
So that’s the first thought: We can all be more brief.
Here’s a second: There’s an expression probably you’ve heard before — “Do more with less.” But that’s not quite it.
What matters is not that you do more. It’s that you do something.
It’s not the size of the action that matters — only the action itself.
Do something. Take a baby step. Today, a simple, small thing can be truly powerful.
I’m not entirely sure what’s happening in the photo at top, but it comes via @kitkat_ch.