A simple wooden dock extending into lake cloaked in cloud


“I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, 
but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes


By defining Simple Living and Minimalism as solutions to problems and complexity, many such approaches merely give you relief not results.

Say you want to ride a bicycle but can’t yet—and you see that as a problem to solve. A simple “solution” would be to add training wheels. That’s the simplicity on this side of complexity.

A better approach would be to take lessons, practice riding in a safe setting. Then, as you feel competent and confident, ride in low traffic areas until you master the skills, and find riding to be a simple and graceful pastime—in almost any situation.

That’s the simplicity on the other side of complexity.

“Simplicity, clarity, singleness: 
these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy.”

Richard Halloway

With its unique Life Design approach, Elkin’s book and personal coaching can help you embrace life’s messiness, appreciate its richness, and move through complexity to the deep and fulfilling simplicity on the other side.

Simplicity and Success can help you organize your simple life so it also leads to freedom, engagement, and a sense of being fully alive.

And live more in harmony with the ecological systems on which all of our health, wealth and well being depend.

Simplicity and Success is useful for anyone—Downshifter, Cultural Creative, retiring boomer, or Gen X, Y or Millennial—who wants to create a rich, meaningful, and truly successful life but doesn’t yet know how to do it.

Check out Simplicity and Success’ reviews from readers and experts.


PS: The lawyer gradually worked her way out of law, while creating an adventure/challenge program that helps women build personal competence and authentic confidence.

Simplicity and Success – Table of Contents

Simplicity and Success, by Bruce Elkin.


Introduction: A Personal Odyssey

Chapter 1: Solving Problems? Or Creating What Matters?

Chapter 2: The Simplicity on This Side of Complexity

Chapter 3: The Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity

Chapter 4: Embracing Complexity; Creating Voluntary Simplicity

Chapter 5: The Problem with Problem-Solving

Chapter 6: Creativity? Or Creating Results?

Chapter 7: The Structure of Creating

Chapter 8: Driven By Vision

Chapter 9: Grounding Vision in Current Reality

Chapter 10: Creative Tension: The Engine of Creativity

Chapter 11: Choice in the Creative Process

Chapter 12: Action Steps: The Art and Craft of Creating

Chapter 13: The Practice of Building Momentum

Chapter 14: Commitment and Completion


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Books by Bruce Elkin

Thrive! Creating what matters most, by Bruce Elkin.
Simplicity and Success, by Bruce Elkin.
Emotional Mastery, by Bruce Elkin.
Creating Sustainable Success, by Bruce Elkin.
The ABCs of Emotional Mastery, by Bruce Elkin.
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