I have to admit that I have never heard of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry so when a friend quoted him I had to resort to Wikipedia to find out who he was. I was surprised to find out that he was an aristocrat French writer, poet and pioneering aviator that became a laureate of several of France’s literary awards and winner of the U.S. National book award. An interesting fellow with a deep and varied life!
The quote my friend delivered was:
“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” —Antoine de Saint- Exupéry”
I thought about this quote for quite some time until I realised that my friend was telling me to get rid of the clutter and leave the baggage behind. He was telling me that good leaders remove the clutter so that their big ideas stand out.
Do you need to de-clutter?
Are your big ideas getting lost in the minutiae of little everyday problems that never seem to go away?