In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing

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  1. Many of the most successful people, ideas, companies, products, etc. share a similar theme – elegance. Elegance is characterized by 4 key elements – symmetry, seduction, subtraction and sustainability. 

Key Takeaways

  1. Often the best and purest ideas are not great for what they are or what they have, but what they are not or do not have 
  2. Elegance – maximum impact with minimum input (simplicity)
  3. Symmetry, seduction, subtraction, sustainability are the key elements of elegance
  4. Power of suggestion is often stronger than that of full disclosure

What I got out of it

  1. Wonderful read and makes reminds you how “perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Saint Exupery