Do you want to succeed? Do you want to develop into the person you were born to be? Would you like to be happy and enjoy your life to the fullest? If you want these things, then you must acknowledge and respect the complex nature of personal growth and success. There is no way around this issue.
Personal Growth and Success are Complex
Human development is a complex process. Why else would society demand a twelve year educational system, followed by a minimum four year post secondary system? Maybe we just have too much time on our hands? Not! The educational process need not end there. Spend another two to eight years and you can throw in a Masters and hopefully a PhD for good measure. All of this points to complexity.
The achievement of success and happiness also involve a complex set of variable. You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Nothing worth having is easy.” That statement is absolutely true.
You will not find an easy path on the journey to growth or success. They demand a lot from you, and will not reveal their treasure to the curious bystander. Why do you think there are so few successful people in the world? Because success does not come easy—to anyone.
Complexity and Simplicity
It is important to remember that complexity does not necessarily imply difficulty (see “Human Optimization™: The Complex Nature of Growth and Development—Part Two.” ). A complex issue does not necessarily require a complex solution. However, a complex issue does require that the solution recognize the complexity involved. Otherwise the solution will be in danger of being simplistic.
Bear with me as this will become clear in a moment.
A thing is “complex” because of the existence of many key and interrelated components. A complex problem—complex due to the existence of many interrelated components—therefore, can have a simple solution. In fact, that is the best kind. But a simple strategy will only help if it recognizes the complexity. If it doesn’t, it will be an inadequate and perhaps even harmful strategy.
Let’s see if an analogy can help clarify this for us.
An Example of Complexity
A motor is a complex unit. It is “complex” because it contains many key and interrelated components all working together for the efficiency of the whole. If any one component is ignored the whole system is in jeopardy. If any one component breaks down then the entire engine will cease to function properly. There is no denying this complexity.
Despite this obvious complexity, the strategy for maintaining an efficient engine is relatively simply. For example, an efficient engine requires a strategy for monitoring and maintaining engine fluids properly.
If the engine oil is low, the engine is in danger of seizing up—something a good friend of mine recently experienced. The whole system is complex, in that there are many components that must work together efficiently, but the strategy for low oil is simple. Add some. Putting oil in the car is not complex, most anyone can do it, but it is a strategy that recognizes the complexity of the engine. It recognizes there are various moving components that require oil as lubricant. Without this simple strategy the complex engine will quickly fail.
Oil, however, is not the only fluid level that must be carefully monitored—once again indicating complexity. The radiator fluid and brake fluid must also be watched. These can also wreak havoc on the whole system if not properly maintained. You can’t just keep an eye on one engine fluid, you must watch them all. These interrelated components are what make it a complex system, yet the strategy for maintenance is quite simply.
Personal growth and success are very much like this motor. There are many interrelated components that suggest complexity. And yet, you can employ strategies that are simple in their application. The key is to recognize the complexity.
Breathing Simplicity into Complexity
Working with complex systems does not have to be a difficult thing. All it requires is a healthy respect for the complexity, and a willingness to see the big picture. The strategies themselves do not need to be complex.
A successful strategy cannot take a simplistic approach to a complex problem. It’s OK to introduce simplicity, but the complexity—the existence of many interrelated components—must be acknowledged in the process. There is a need for success strategies that recognize that people and circumstances are too complex for pat or flippant advice.
Complex issues do not require complex solutions, but they do require that the solutions acknowledge and respect existing complexity. Genuine and effective success strategies must therefore recognize the complexities of personal growth and success.
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Complexity is not a word that should scare anyone. In fact, it is exciting in its implications. Think about it. Imagine if everyone was the same. What a boring world that would be. Six billion Gerald Paul’s (aka “G”) does not excite me in the least—nor should it excite you!
But the world is made up of six billion people who are all unique—and you are one of them. Each with their own strengths, personal style, sense of humor, and outlook on life. Humanity is complex. Therein lies its beauty. I would not want it any other way.
In your search for success and happiness recognize the complexity that is you. Do whatever you need to do to accentuate your strengths, increase your abilities, achieve your potential, and develop into the person you were born to be on your quest for success. What a ride this is going to be.