“It’s so easy to think about what are the things I’m going to do to make my life better — what are the TO DOs I have to accomplish today — and it’s less natural to think about what are the things I have been doing that I should stop doing.” ~ Leidy Klotz
What if the best answer to a curious, generative question like, “What are all the ways we could…?” is “Do less“?
UVA Engineering professor Leidy Klotz, author of Subtract: The Untapped Science of Less makes the case to consider subtraction as a viable, reliable, and all-too-often overlooked strategy in a world that is biased to always add more.
And in a twist I definitely didn’t see coming, Leidy takes analogous thinking to a whole new level of subtraction. “Analogies,” he says, “are one of the only ways to remove wrong ideas.”
Many thanks to Larry Robertson at Lighthouse Consulting for introducing me to Leidy and his work.
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