Not “just” the basics

Being smart, creative, and innovative is important, but ignoring the risks that come with it is irresponsible; Allowing yourself to make big mistakes is an inherent part of the creative process.

But I digress, I’m not here to talk about innovation, this is about the often undervalued simple approach. Despite the popularity of minimalism and the general idea that "perfection is achieved when there is nothing left to take away ", we often downplay the value of the basics in various disciplines by using the word "just".

In one of my favorite books, "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance", the author discusses this concept, arguing that by removing “just” from our language, we can better understand and accept the true meaning of sentences; “Just the basics” becomes “the fundamentals”.

The consistent execution of fundamentals builds the foundation that serves as a safety net to allow innovation in the long term.

Now, I'm focusing on the basics of my craft. The fine and detailed polish I strive for will come as I build “Just” the basics with care. I hope...