What we do modifies us more than what is done to us

This is the famous quote attributed to Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Read it one more time. Yes. It seems as if we are in-front of a piece of a mirror. Many of us think, we are the children of circumstances. We may also believe change is harder. Then, how is it a small incident changes the course of life? As we have seen in cases of great achievers or losers, it is always that turning-point we attribute the change to. The course of life might change in the instance, as long as we notice it and take it. Else, the path is always there. Not perturbed by who takes it or not. 

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Experiments without any goal or a method is some random time spent. If time is the currency, then you burnt it. There’s no way to bring back what is burnt. So, is the spent time. But even if you don’t spend it, time gets burnt. There’s no way to store it, share it. That’s what makes it unique. There’s nothing like it in the world. You can associate an opportunity cost if you wish. The opportunity and its value you missed and can’t get it back. It will only makes you feel bad, a little more.

Experiments do cost money. Another important resource. If you lose it, there’s a chance of getting it back. Of course, by spending a lot more time and effort. Which could have funded other meaningful projects. Effort, or energy in specific, is burnt along-with time and money for any experiment you carry out. Again, getting it back requires more time, money and effort! So, it is prudent to follow a method to experiment.

A method that proves or disproves the hypothesis you wish to test. That is the experiment. First frame the hypothesis, fix it’s boundaries and choose a method to test. Observe, analyse and interpret the results. That entire act qualifies as a valid experiment. Observations of the process, dependencies and results teach a lot more on the subject. It is also powerful learning – as you prepared, conducted and saw the act, yourself.

Experiments do help in avoiding larger embarrassments at a later stage. The risk you have taken to carryout the experiment makes you courageous. Experiment is curiosity put to action. That builds confidence. Confidence is critical to success. So, experiments might pave a path to success.

Small experiments build a basis for larger ones to follow. Break complex hypothesis into small and meaningful ones. Generalisation do not help in specific understanding. As small and specific you get, the results will be solid to take you right on the journey. Favour the small. Plan, do, check, act and learn. Manage your time and energy.

Build a portfolio of small nuggets through regular experiments. Use them as you might like in the course of your journey of life, business or profession. Failure to experiment is akin to failure to live life in full.

Remember, Experiment is curiosity put to action!

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Trust the work, let it show the path

When you set out build a remarkable piece of craft, you find it hard. You look for external motivation. Building every piece of the craft takes own time and might not play out well. The feedback you receive from your supporters and followers might not help you progress further. Schedule slips. Actions get delayed. Something coming to reality moves back to dreams. A reverse drain. You might even start forcefully ignoring the urge to move ahead. You blame it on distraction, very busy occupation and something related to destiny. Many wannabe entrepreneurs, artists, authors, creators face this reverse drain.

This might be due to the pressure you built to focus on the craft than your work. You should trust the work and build the craft. As your trust builds, your craftsmanship builds. Slowly, the crafts you build become better and one day, your craft might become remarkable. If you keep building remarkable craft as a goal, you’ll miss it soon. To build a big business, try building a business. Then build a business that can grow. Be in a business fully to grow. You’ll grow. The business will grow. By sometime, you’ll have a big business. Same is true with other crafts too.

Trust the work and let it build a path for your success. When you focus on success, you might go after shortcuts. They lead you to the path of failure. Instead when you focus on work, you build expertise, network and a chain of small wins. It leads you to the path of success.

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