Saturday, January 11, 2014

Greatness lies where there is simplicity..

To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is.- Bruce Lee.
Living a simpler life has become a prevalent theme in the past several years. Ideas and methods abound for how we might achieve a simpler life, ranging from how to simplify day-to-day routines to how to decrease the demand for resources we place on the planet.

I meet many people who would like to simplify their lives, yet the world grows only more complex. Complexity has taken over how we attempt to get things done in organizations, communities and governments. We can’t seem to do anything simply anymore. Making a decision, creating a plan, holding a meeting—all of these now involve complex and time-consuming processes. A once-simple process, like neighborly conversation, has become a “technique,” an “inter-generational, cross-cultural dialogue,” perhaps.

We become exhausted by the intricacy of these processes and frustrated by the lack of productive outcomes. As much as we’d like to leave behind the impotence we experience with these processes, it’s extremely difficult to reverse the movement toward complexity.

As soon as a simple process becomes a technique, it grows only more complex and difficult. 
It never becomes simpler. 
It becomes the specialized knowledge of experts, and everyone else becomes dependent on them.

We forget that we already know how to do simple things like thinking, planning and holding a conversation. Instead, we become meek students of difficult methods.
In the presence of so many specialized techniques for doing simple things, we’ve become suspicious of anything that looks easy. And those of us who have technical expertise are especially suspicious.

I’ve seen myself pull back from simplicity more than once because I realized I wouldn’t be needed any longer. These are useful moments that force me to clarify what’s more important—my expert status or making sure the work gets done well.

There may be another reason why people hesitate to believe in simple solutions: it’s always hard to acknowledge that we’ve wasted our time.

If something’s so simple, why have we invested so much time and money in learning a complicated method?

We stay invested in what’s complicated just because it took so long to learn it.

But simplicity has a powerful ally: common sense. If we reflect on our experience, we notice that good solutions are always much simpler than we thought they’d be. Everyone has had this experience, many times over. Scientists are taught to seek the best solution using the rule of Occam’s Razor: when there’s a choice between two possibilities, choose the simpler one.

These simple solutions are called “elegant” in science. The beauty of the universe expresses itself in simplicity.
This being true, people often laugh when they finally realize there’s a simple, common sense solution to the problem. It’s a laugh of relief—and of recognition.

We remember all those other times we were surprised by simplicity. But I also think we need to give ourselves credit for our struggles with complexity. I’ve seen that there’s no more powerful way to initiate significant change than to convene a conversation. When a community of people discovers that they share a concern, change begins. There is no power equal to a community discovering what it cares about. It’s easy to observe this in our own lives, and also in recent history.

Poland’s Solidarity began with conversation—fewer than a dozen workers in a Gdansk shipyard speaking to each other about their despair, their need for change and their need for freedom. And in less than a month, Solidarity had grown to 9.5 million workers. There was no e-mail then, just people talking to each other about their own struggles, and finding their needs were shared by millions of fellow citizens. At the end of that month, they acted as one voice for change. They shut down the country in a general strike.

Real change begins with the simple act of people talking to one another about what they care about. Did they notice a dangerous street crossing near their child’s school? Cancer increasing in a neighborhood? Deaths caused by drunk drivers? It only takes two or three friends to notice that they’re concerned about the same thing, and then the world begins to change. Their first conversation spreads. Friends talk to friends. They talk to others, and it grows and grows.

(Closer home, the Indian Story of uprisal against corruption started with simple conversation and exchanges between individuals in the social media and new Hero has emerged!) Stories like this are plentiful. I can’t think of anything that’s given me more hope recently than to observe how conversations in which we express our fears and dreams can give birth to powerful actions that change lives and restore hope for the future. It’s all very simple.

-by Margaret Wheatley


anmpatel said...

good morning master and friends...

verygood article master....I continuously thinking about JNSAR while reading the article!!! just a simple thing but our mind could not accept it because of its simplicity. the end we know and accept it also because of SIMPLICITY...thanks.

check ur

Hitesh Chheda said...

what is Richness?...
the answer given by Lord MAHAVIR:-
Richness is not 'eating more', 'spending more', or 'saving more'.
Richness is when you need 'NO MORE'.

SANPOT said...

Thank you Ilango Sir.

SJkolkata said...

A few weeks back you had written an article on January tops being resisted through out the year along with details of last 7-10 years.
Can you please give than link, I had saved it but got overwritten inadvertently.
Thanks in advance.

Ilango said...

@ SJkolkata

D.S.SASAN said...

Good Evening Sir and Dear Bros & Sis's.
Sir, Knowledge, knowledge and only knowledge - in simple words. Thanks. I would like to add that I am a voluntarily retiree and in simple conversation with people talk about simplicity, honesty and upliftment of our people. Now our Hero AK has come on National/International seen and I hope that our NATION may develop.

rajiv malik said...

businessline on nifty

Nifty (6,171.4)

The Nifty, too, moved sideways before closing 39 points lower last week. The chart pattern suggests weakness in the short-term. The Nifty could break lower to 6,117, 6,040 or 5,916 in the days ahead. The short-term weakness will reduce only if the index moves above 6,272. Short-term traders can therefore go short in rallies, with stop-loss at 6,280.

A move above 6,280 will mean that the index is heading toward 6,415 and 6,582. The medium-term trend in the index stays positive despite the negative short-term view. The index has critical support around 6,000 and then at 5,925, where the 200-day moving average is positioned. The positive outlook will be threatened only on breach of the support at 5,925.

rajiv malik said...

businessline says-Consider short strangle on YES Bank

January 11, 2014:
YES Bank (Rs 342.9): The immediate outlook for the stock is neutral, with a negative bias. The stock is likely to move in the Rs 270-Rs 385 range in the medium term. It finds immediate support at Rs 325 and the next at Rs 298. A close below Rs 270 will make the outlook negative. The stock finds immediate resistance at Rs 365. A close above Rs 425 will trigger a fresh rally to new highs.

F&O pointers: YES Bank futures added fresh short positions on Friday. Option trading indicates a negative bias, as calls added open interest, signalling the strong emergence of call writers. Heavy concentration of open interest at a Rs 380-strike call indicates YES Bank may find it difficult to breach Rs 380.

Strategy: Investors could consider a short strangle strategy. This strategy is best-suited when one expects range-bound movement in the underlying stock. Here, traders could consider selling the Rs 380-strike call and Rs 300-strike put options. This will entail an initial outflow of approximately Rs 5,650, as the options closed at Rs 3.3 and Rs 2.35, respectively. The market lot is Rs 1,000. As the maximum profit is the premium collected, traders with high risk appetite can consider this strategy. The loss could be unlimited if YES Bank swings wildly. Traders should also bear in mind that the bank will be declaring its Q3 results on Wednesday. A close below Rs 295 or above Rs 385 will affect the position. If YES Bank closes above Rs 365 or below Rs 315, the position can be squared off. It may be noted that writing (selling) options involves higher margin commitments. Maximum profit occurs if YES Bank closes between the strike price of the options sold.

Follow-up: Last week, we had advised a short straddle on Crompton Greaves. Traders can continue to hold the position.

(Note: Feedback or queries (on positions) may be sent to by Sunday noon. Replies will be published on Monday.)

(This article was published on January 11, 2014)

J.R.Julius said...

Dear & Respected Sir,

Rakesh Rana said...

Respected Sir

Thank you for this eye opener post. As a trader and as person simplicity is important. Novice traders like me always forget that point. Thanks again for reminding. Recently I started reading your posts from beginning because I want to clear basic things.

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