“The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.”
― Albert Einstein
And… the best way to do that is by using the Magic of Three.
The blue hyperlink above is an excellent explanation of why this is true.
On a road trip this weekend, the concept was reinforced in my mind. For many years, I’ve been enrolled in AU (Automobile University). Through the curriculum offered by Audible, extensive course selection is available on audiobooks.
As a business coach and consultant, I’m always interested in what thought leaders have to offer. So, I dutifully paid for the course Million Dollar Consulting, by Alan Weiss.
Magic of Three
What is the magic of 3?
Look at the left side of the number — 3 points, that form a pattern, which our minds can process and remember, easily. Two feels lacking and four feels tedious. Test for yourself; choose three of anything and see how comfortable the relationship is.
As a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) for 35+ years, I’ve been guilty of sharing too much, too fast, and scaring the living daylights out of People. True confession: I’m still in the process of breaking that bad habit.
Because, I know for a fact, “Less is More.”
Complex To Simple
So, as I’m cruising the deserts of Wyoming this weekend, in my Ruby Red Ford F-150, the magic of three enchants me, once again. I learned a 6-hour and 21-minute audiobook can be condensed into three words.
Now, to be clear, the rest of the book explains the importance of those three words. One of the reasons this book can be of value to anyone is that it demonstrates the steps in motivating ourselves and others to grow.
To move from where we are to where we want to be, we must begin with the end in mind (Objective). To maintain our enthusiasm in the middle of a desert journey, we must nurture hope by managing our progress (Measure). We are able and willing to reach our destination, because of the benefit to ourselves and others (Value).
These 3 words encapsulate another way to think of this concept.
Just like all Universal Principles, it is impossible to describe the logic of magic with words. But I’ll bet you have felt the power of it.
By reading this article once, you’ll always remember the concepts presented, thanks to the Magic of Three.