In art there's this thing called Blank Canvas Paralysis, or when you're unable to start work on your art because you are overwhelmed with the pressure of what should the first mark be? What if I mess up immediately? It sounds silly, but it is surprisingly common and frequent in both new and experienced artists.
Survival of the Fittest is less about what is best and more about what works well enough. For example, it's easy to make the assumption that all businesses that exist—products, services, and their practices—must also be the best there can be. In reality, because survival of the fittest works in regards to what is most advantageous to just avoid dying, we get in a situation where things that aren’t ideal.
Recently I've been thinking about how the future of work will require less rigid systems. In the past 200 years, we've gone from independent craftsmen to large corporatized organizations. Organizations where a top down structure was required to build and—potentially more importantly—maintain operations to a massive scale. I believe the future will see the future of work relaxing back to somewhere in the middle: the reach and scale of large organizations driven forward by smaller bottoms-up teams inside the organization, each energized by the freedom to make decisions and take responsibility for their actions.
Not too long ago, I was reading Brave New Work by Aaron Dignan and had a great revelation. In the opening chapters, Aaron emphasizes the difference between complication and complexity. Despite seeming like two ordinary words, I found the nuance between them as a delightful epiphany—especially in how they relate to all facets of life. So, what is the difference between complicated and complex?