Most business books revolve around a single idea that is presented from different angles. The same goes for many scientific essays, which tend to be longer, but contain few new ideas. Occasionally, hundreds of pages will be devoted to justifying points which readers might find self-evident.
How to avoid creating stress and anxiety for yourself
Darwin's volume on the origin of species was the
result of ten years of study and reflection. He actually wrote several
outlines before he got down to drafting the book itself. The text, which
you will need hours to read, contains dozens of elaborate descriptions
and examples. Nonetheless, the message of the book can be summarized on a
My message is not a call for brevity, but for
realism. There is a reason why apparently simple ideas require a long
exposition. Authors of those books are, for the most part, neither
foolish nor focused on selling overblown banalities. Certainly, that was
not the case of Charles Darwin.
If you try to ignore the truth, worry and depression will be the most likely results
A high dose of realism is the
rationale for the extensive treatment of subjects. On the same grounds,
engineers take safety margins when they design a new bridge, a ship, or
an aeroplane. The truth known by every conscientious professional is
that failure lurks around every corner. For sculptors, poets, and
performers of all sorts, failure is called rejection. If you try to ignore the statistical truth, you will create plenty of stress, anxiety, worry, and depression for yourself.
movies paint situations where chance aligns all factors for success. A
happy end ensues as protagonists collect their dues without effort and
against all odds. Fiction of the worst kind renders credibility to
fantasy, leading readers to feel dejected by reality and disappointed by
life. This is something that you want to avoid.
You will much
better off if you face obstacles using reason and experience as your
allies. This is what skilled entrepreneurs do. Whether you take up
playing golf or acting, you'd better prepare yourself for strenuous
practice and open criticism.
The rule of thumb for success and personal growth
In difficult undertakings, your
efforts might remain only moderately effective for an extended period of
time and rightly so. Lengthy expositions acknowledge the fact that even
simple ideas will be misunderstood by many people. TV advertisers
address their commercials to millions, knowing that the great majority
won't buy their products.
The rule of thumb for personal growth is that most
things won't work, and that most attempts won't result in success.
Rejection and miscommunication are not exceptions, but everyday events.
Face negative results and use wisdom to deal with them. Great ambitions
are never easily accomplished. Achieving them requires effort and
patience. Those are the two elements you need. Take both and move on.
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