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July 8, 2022

It's All Experimentation

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I know it’s easier said than done, but today I want to encourage you to change your relationship with failure. This is one of those things that I struggle with, where logically I know the meaning I want to assign to coming up short or not getting the outcome I want, but when it comes down to it I still have old subconscious beliefs that override the training and make me feel bad about myself.

Ideally, we see failure as an opportunity to learn a lesson. We take Albert Einstein’s philosophy of “I have not failed. I have found 10,000 ways that do not work.” What Einstein brilliantly does here is he detaches himself from the outcome and he treats every attempt as a way of getting more data. With that data he’s more prepared to do better moving forward and ultimately succeed, without being held back by 'not being good enough' or 'having figured it out yet'.

The best way to define that perspective is to treat everything as an experiment. Instead of being so emotionally attached to creating a certain result, experimenting helps you to observe everything as a third party. It prevents your ego from getting too wrapped up in the outcome, and therefore, helps you persevere when the feedback you get is unexpected.

I had a realization about this last weekend. I was spending a few nights at my friends Juliana and Martin’s house, and I wanted to take a shower. I didn't know which way to twist to make it hot or cold so I guessed. I made small adjustments and tested the water until I was confident about how to change the temperature. 

It was all an experiment and I didn’t think twice about it. Now imagine if I would have given up because the first setting I tried wasn’t hot enough. That would be absurd, and similarly in life, we need to experiment more and give ourselves more opportunities to understand exactly how to effectuate what we’re trying to do. It’s all experimentation.

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