Easy vs. simple
The fact that English is my second language recently led me to reflect on the difference between the meaning of “easy” and “simple”. Both are used frequently, even by myself, while in German we essentially only have one word for describing both. I find that thinking about the distinction between the two amounts to much more than just improving vocabulary . It’s philosophy. And it can improve your life knowing the difference. Somewhat.
In many cases “easy” and “simple” are interchangeable. But they do have different meanings. When something is simple, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy at the same time .
Let’s take a practical example: growing your business with content marketing, e.g. blogging. Theoretically that’s a rather simple thing. Not trivial nor foolproof, but definitely not impossible to learn how to do by reading some articles and putting some effort in (analyzing target audience, etc..). Assuming we have figured out this relatively simple process, we’ll soon find out that it’s not incredibly easy actually doing it. Because it requires commitment and determination. Over a looong time, and probably without seeing results quickly.
Is it simple to publish a blog post every week? Totally. If it’s supposed to have 700 words, writing 100 words a day will do the job. Simple!
Is it easy to publish a blog post every week? Sometimes, but more often than not there’ll be enough excuses for not even writing 100 words a day.
Nowadays it’s tempting to try to understand everything on this mental level. We read about all these strategies and approaches, and we understand them, one by one. But this just solves the first bit. The part where we think “Oh, it’s actually that simple?”. Whether something is easy or not will show once practice kicks in.
Are you able to push through all the way or not?