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Life Is An Experiment

And You Are the Chief Scientist

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

In science, experimentation is key to everything. Finding what works and what doesn’t leads to discoveries and whether something is true.

An experiment is defined as: a test, trial, or tentative procedure; an act or operation for the purpose of discovering something unknown or of testing a principle, supposition, etc.

If the experiment or test fails, it is not a failure. They see it as part of the learning process. The knowledge gained from the “failure” becomes part of the next test until they find what works best for their particular experiment.

Like scientists, we understand things better when we experiment, even if the experiment didn’t go as planned. Failure is a way for us to learn what went wrong. Then we can change our methods and try again.

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In writing, I have to experiment to figure out what titles work best, what tags to use, and what content is meaningful. To do this, I may have to try several methods to reach my goal.

This is the same in life.

To figure what works best, we have to remember life is an experiment. I’ve had to experiment with different careers, exercise routines, and even parenting. There is no one-size-fits-all for anything. Like in writing, experimentation in life leads to better knowledge. When we experiment, we learn.

But what works best for me may not work at all for you. That is part of experimenting. Each person has to conduct their own.

You can follow what others have done before you and take the safe route. If you do, there is nothing wrong with that. That route has many benefits.

But you can also step out of your comfort zone and experiment a little.

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We have learned so much about the world, how things work, and our understanding of a lot. But we have not learned everything and we never will.

You have also not learned everything about yourself and what you can accomplish.

Maybe we need to remember what it was like to be a child.

Children experiment all the time, mostly through play. They quickly learn if something is not working. Experimentation for children is crucial to both their social and emotional development. And it is through experimentation where they learn the most.

Businesses, scientists, and children all experiment to find what works best.

We even experiment when it comes to sex to find out what we like.

So why don’t we do this in other areas of our life? Why are we afraid of stepping out of our comfort zone to experiment with our life?

That’s a question only you can answer.

“A tiny sprout growing in fine sand casting long shadow” by Evan Kirby on Unsplash

But to grow, experimentation is key.

So take charge and don’t be afraid to experiment with your life. If something isn’t working for you, try something new. You can always start a new experiment any time you want.

Even if it doesn’t go as planned, it is a learning experience, and you can use that experience to grow and become more knowledgeable. Because that knowledge will lead to a better product.

To a better you.

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