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The Deliberate Experiment Rule: Improving Life Through Experimentation

Experimentation: Breaking The Linear Growth Curve

Mainstream knowledge, expertise, skills and techniques have a linear curve towards growth and success. Experimentation breaks the curve and provides us with an exponential success curve, something that is not possible with the path everyone else is taking.

Many great personalities like Thomas Edison, Picasso and Da Vinci were ‘life-experimenters’ who were always trying something new and hence were the reason for disruptive inventions and some of the most loved creations.

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The Deliberate Experiment Rule: Improving Life Through Experimentation

The Deliberate Experiment Rule: Improving Life Through Experimentation

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Key Ideas

A Scientific Approach To Life

Our entire life is an experiment, where we are pursuing our goals and finding out what works and what does not.

A scientific, experimentative approach to life leads us to acquire what we want in life, to build good habits, improve our relationships and become a better version of ourselves.

Deliberate Experimentation

The more we experiment, the more avenues open up to learning new techniques, principles and skills that contribute to our self-growth, and help us make a real breakthrough.

Deliberate experiments can be time and money intensive, can help us with incremental changes or can put us in an entirely new paradigm of self-evolution.

Experimentation: Breaking The Linear Growth Curve

Mainstream knowledge, expertise, skills and techniques have a linear curve towards growth and success. Experimentation breaks the curve and provides us with an exponential success curve, something that is not possible with the path everyone else is taking.

Many great personalities like Thomas Edison, Picasso and Da Vinci were ‘life-experimenters’ who were always trying something new and hence were the reason for disruptive inventions and some of the most loved creations.

We Have The Potential To Do Extraordinary Things

  • Greatness and the ability to be extraordinary isn’t limited to a chosen few, and we all can increase our deliberate experiments and increase our odds of infinite success in a significant way.
  • The creator of Nike, Phil Knight talks about experimenting with your crazy ideas and keep going, not be stopped by rules and regulations and acceptability.
  • Jeff Bezos, the CEO and founder of Amazon, talks about taking the ‘bet’ on life every time, and even with a 10 per cent chance of success, you are going to do well.

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They may boost our attention span, calm our anxiety and promote pain relief, although evidence is still insufficient. Studies showed that the effects increased the longer people listened.

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Being a generalist

To be a generalist, zoom out and pay more attention to the context in which you're making decisions.

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  • Take the time to consider how seemingly unrelated developments are connected and may impact each other.

Because generalists have a broader set of tools to draw from, they can dynamically adjust their course.

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Denying Your Own Creativity

That’s a self-imposed and self-limiting belief. Stop that.

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Being Afraid Of Being Wrong

We hate being wrong, but mistakes often teach us the most and allow us to innovate.

Think of the pros and cons of trying something and then free yourself to do it. If it doesn't work, take what you learn, and try something else. 

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Our brains need regular breaks to keep functioning at a high capacity.

A glut of research shows that you should take breaks when you can to reap benefits and avoid burnout. The average time to work productively is 52 minutes of work followed by 17 minutes of rest.

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Email can wait

Unless your job demands otherwise, deal with email at the end of the day.

Less energy at the end of the day makes you less tempted to overcommit to incoming requests.

Schedule ‘email time’

With this strategy, you won’t waste time checking emails constantly throughout the day. 

Instead, you’ll establish an end-of-day email routine. Research found that people who check their emails three times a day respond to the same amount of emails 20 percent faster than those who constantly respond to messages as they came in.

Inbox zero can work

... if you’re just receiving several emails a day. Otherwise, strive to empty your inbox out once a week.

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