Vibhav Srivastava and his Simple Equations

I’ve been mentoring a young adult for the past month, and I’ve spent a fair amount of time with him. What strikes me as very odd is that he has very little drive to “succeed” in life. When I was his age, I had a dozen places I wanted to be at the same time, and I don’t think that has changed much in the past 10 years.

But how does one motivate such a young man? In my search for a good resource, I came across Vibhav Srivastav. He’s written a book exactly for young men like my mentee, called Simple Complexity: A Narration of Simple Equations of Life.

Index page

Just a look at the index page, with its large, reassuring type font, fills me with hope. This is a book that imparts that vital lesson that success is a combination of equal parts sweat, patience, an optimism bordering on delusion, and lots of energy. And perhaps, most importantly, the importance of facing failure head-on, and taking life’s hard lessons from it. Far too many people run away from failure, and ironically lose out!

I like his lesson for life:

“Life is (supposed to be) Simple”.

We do over-think, over do, over-complicate, things in our lives. But the secret sauce is in simplifying. Seneca said it well 2000 years ago:

It is not that we have a short time to live, but we waste a lot of it.