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What follows confusion is clarity

What follows confusion is clarity. Ever since I can remember I have always wanted things to be explained to me in a clear, direct, easy, way. No complicated words; no complex or convoluted explanations; no masses of facts and figures, just a clear, simple explanation or answer to my query.

Most of my life, my desire for simplicity has been ignored. Why is it that so many people are unable to provide a simple answer to a question? 

I have pondered this thought throughout life and, I admit, had many struggles with lack of simplicity and confusing answers to the questions I have asked of both people and the organisations they represent. Sometimes as many as three different answers have been offered for the same question. Indeed, some people have laid the responsibility for their lack of clarity at my door, telling me, and I quote, “I would not insult your intelligence” in response to my request for a simple answer. 

Clarity has nothing to do with intelligence. It has everything to do with working through confusion and complexity to get clarity.

Clarity and simplicity are great companions and usually come out to play together. When a person is crystal clear about something (how a machine works; a process or a system operates; how to create something specific etc etc) then explaining to others how to do that thing becomes incredibly easy and simple. The major challenge is to reach that state of clarity. The path to clarity is through confusion. The more complex something is, the more confusion there will be.

When mathematicians work with complicated equations there are masses of variables. There comes a point of confusion in solving that equation, and it is only by sticking with it and working through the confusion, that the answer is reached.   

When Steve Jobs was presented with a new idea for a product, by his senior managers, he would often send them away and tell them to come back once they had simplified the idea. Metaphorically he would hit them with the simple stick. If Apple can do this we can all do this. Make things simple. That has always been my motto, my desire, my basic need. To have things simple – no matter what they are.

Many business processes today, are so complex that people have failed to complete the task of pushing through the complexity to reach clarity. The processes, although in use, remain largely unsolved. The last step, and invariably the hardest step, is to emerge out of confusion and into clarity. It requires thinking, to keep working through all the variables until something is completely solved. Most of us are either in too much of a rush or do not care enough. 

So, to become crystal clear, to achieve clarity, we must solve all the confusion which precedes it. What follows confusion is clarity – but only if you work at it.  

Sheila Holt
Sheila Holthttps://sapphirelending.com/
I am Sheila Holt, founder of Sapphire Lending, a finance business which is unique in the financial sector as it specialises in building lifelong relationships, trust, and communication. A long time ago I recognised that I am both an outlier and a disruptor. This means that the standard career path has never suited me. Family members guided me along the academic route with the aim of entering a secure profession. After quite a few years of trying, and failing, to fit in to a corporate role, I made a break for freedom. I left my job without any idea of what I was going to do next. Attending a neuro-linguistic programming course in Hawaii reopened my mind to entrepreneurship. It gave me a completely different direction and purpose in life. From a young age I have been fascinated by how people think and mentally programme themselves. I developed a coaching practice to help entrepreneurs achieve clarity, focus and ultimately, success. During this time, I was also investing in property and learned that the property industry needs money to flow. This was the first step in my entrepreneur journey. As a result of the financial crash in 2007 I re-mortgaged some of my portfolio and found myself in the fortunate position of suddenly having a substantial sum of money in my bank account. I loaned a portion of that money to a property developer, who in return paid me monthly interest. The drive to make my capital work hard was the impetus. Almost three years later I had a chance meeting with an entrepreneur whom I respect, and we discussed what I was doing. He suggested I could help others earn a good rate of interest with their money. It was at the time when alternative lending was starting to develop and a brand-new financial sector was emerging, which I was becoming part of. What began as a hobby became my business. Sapphire Lending was born. Typically, I have a lightness and brightness of character and together with my high energy, drive and passion I aim to take the serious, and often overcomplicated, business of finance and turn it into something that flows with simplicity, ease and clarity. I revel in being an entrepreneur and see it as one of the greatest personal development journeys I have ever been on.

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