This book is about the keys that lead to successful living: thoughts, choices and action. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.” Besides the three major keys, there is a small secret key.
No one key is more important than the others…they are so closely intertwined they almost appear as one. However, they have to be handled as individual parts, or the process that leads to a successful life becomes overwhelming. The curious part is: it’s all so simple. That’s the magic and the beauty of it all.
The goal is to learn to live a more simplified, smarter and more successful life. Robert Lawrence Smith, a Quaker educator, says, “Simplicity helps us live to the point.” Simplifying your thoughts, decisions, and actions makes a dramatic difference, and when you are focused and on-the-right-track then life itself becomes a lot simpler. Leonardo da Vinci called simplicity “the ultimate sophistication.”
Don’t be misled by the use of the word simple. Leading a simple life is not about lack. It’s really about abundance and having more of the qualities important to lead a successful life. Simplification is about quality of life, and not obsessed with quantity.
The effective, efficient and productive way to lead a successful life is through simplicity, by using a rather straightforward philosophy called K.I.S.S. In the past it stood for Keep It Simple, Stupid. Change it just a bit to Keep It Simple and Smart, and it takes on a whole new meaning. It’s very important to simplify everything—your thinking, decision-making and acting—the three major keys discussed in this book. Albert Einstein said, “Things should be made as simple as possible—no simpler.”
Basically, K.I.S.S. is the universal Law of Least Effort.
Life is a limited-time offer, and yet you clog it with poor thinking, poor choices and lack of action. You look to others to tell you what do, think and how to act because you doubt your ability to be smart enough to have the answers that are right for you. Think of the sign HELP WANTED-APPLY WITHIN. As a rule when you are asking for advice or feedback, you are just getting confirmation for what you already know is right for just you.
The Keys is a small, powerful, concisely written guidebook to improve your thinking, your ability to make good choices, and know how to go into action to make ideas and dreams reality.
It is printed the size it is so you can easily carry it around with you and refer to it as you need to. It’s meant to be a source of reference and encouragement for you.
This book is scientifically written, most of which is in short, simple sentences with very few big words and has a reading level between the seventh and eighth grades, so almost everyone should be able to read the words and understand the concepts. It was done this way on purpose so it has wide appeal, and impacts the broadest possible audience of readers.
This small volume is meant to aid you to live simply and smart, train you to think independently, make wise choices and decisions, and go into action, one-step-at-a-time, to create the life you want. In other words, be the architect of your life. If you are open to it, this book will help you change your life so completely you won’t feel like the same person, and you won’t be.
But keep in mind one important thing—this book is merely a tool, a textbook, a guidebook. You still have to do the work yourself…no one can do it for you.
The object here is to learn to, “Live large…and super-size it!” Just keep it simple and be smart about it. Oh, and have lots of fun along the way doing it.