Hi there and welcome to my blog! My name is Dan and I like to make things simple.
I am happily married, work for a blue chip company, and have a number of hobbies. I love to study self-help books and philosophise. My key strength is an ability to see patterns and synergies in seemingly disparate concepts. If you asked me what I considered to be my purpose in life, I would say that it is to use this ability to create a deep wisdom of life and to use that wisdom to help others.
This purpose leads to a passion for simplicity but, in practice, a life left unattended can easily become cluttered and complex. As a wise man once said, “Any fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a lot of courage, and a touch of genius, to move in the opposite direction.”
I contemplated this quote as I spent yet another chunk of my life with a slow 3G connection, trying to scroll through an inordinately long Facebook feed and deleting a list of unwanted emails. I felt compelled to remove this burden from my life but it seemed like a big job to execute. So I got to thinking: “I wonder if it is possible to commit to a daily act of simplification, doing one thing each day to remove an item of complexity from my life, and would the effects compound over time to create lasting benefits?” One email unsubscribed, one Facebook group unfollowed, one element of my daily routine improved…etc, etc… I could think of a number of quick wins such as these but also some bigger things that may require some more thought. EVERY day, make one thing simpler.
There was only one way to find out so I decided that from May 1st 2012 I would begin this journey. I committed to do it, and recorded the results here. Along the way I shared pieces of wisdom that inspired me, and new things I discovered as a direct result of the process. I kept this up religiously for 100 days, making one thing simpler, and writing a post on each. After Day 100, I decided to cease the daily writing and use the time to formalise my learnings, and tackle larger things. By sharing this ongoing experience I hope to achieve my purpose by helping others to make their lives simpler too.
For newcomers to this site, here are links to some of the key posts which describe the purpose and the results of this journey:
For detail on the key concepts, please see the subcategory World of Simplicity
Thank you for finding your way here and, if this sounds like fun, stay tuned. I would love to hear your feedback, suggestions and stories of where you have made your lives simpler too.