Last Updated on November 23, 2020 by Chin Yi Xuan

One thing that I’ve often see people misinterpret is the words ‘Simple’ and ‘Easy’.

Don’t get me wrong, certain things in life are simple AND easy. Eating and falling asleep during a boring meeting are some of them.

But not everything in life is like that.

Here are things that are simple BUT not easy:

  1. Exercise is a simple life routine to grasp but not easy to practice consistently for most people.

  2. Saving for emergencies is a simple concept to understand but not easy to implement for many people.

  3. Investing in stocks is a simple thing to comprehend but is not easy to execute properly.

On the contrary, there are things that seem easy BUT not simple:

  1. Get-rich-quick schemes seem easy BUT it is certainly not that simple.

    (Just need to bring a few friends in, right? Or is it really the case?)

  2. Buying stocks based on gurus/influencers/friends/family tips seems easy BUT it is definitely not that simple.

    (Okay, you solved your entry. How long are you holding it? When would you exit?)

  3. Being content with doing only what your job description entails you to do (and receiving a stable income for doing so) seems easy BUT it is really not that simple.

    (Are you adding value to your job? You sure you wouldn’t be replaced if your boss can find someone that can do whatever listed in the job description at a cheaper price?)

Here are the takeaways:

Most things that are beneficial to us in life are usually simple BUT not easy. You’d want to do them as much and as consistently as possible.

On the flip side, the things that are detrimental to us are most likely impulsive acts that may seem easy from the surface, but certainly not as simple as you assumed. You’d want to stay away from them as far as possible.

In life, don’t mix up ‘simple’ and ‘easy’. On the surface, they may look similar, but they are definitely not the same.