Trying and Testing: The Journey of Learning

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.

Albert Einstein

Hey there, it’s me, Jerry Garrett, back with another blog post for this week. This week I’m going to be talking about another MBA topic. So what’s the topic? That is going to be the Experimental Mindset. Without any further ado, let’s get right into it.

So first of all, I’m going to be talking about two topics in it. Which is What the experimental Mindset is and how can it be useful in our daily life?

What is the Experimental Minset?

In this itself, we can dive deep into two types of Experimental Mindsets. One is, like for example, when you’re going to the doctor, you’re looking for a cure for a disease, a remedy for a disease. That you have to invent fully by your own, and you have to have a mindset that I’m going to solve it. Like you have a goal that you want to accomplish, but you don’t know how or anything like that about it.

You just have a goal, and you’re working towards to find it. Like for example, like I said, when you’re a doctor and you find a cure to a disease, you’re just working towards a goal that you’ve created. You don’t know the exact instructions on how to do it or anything like that. All you have to do is like have a goal in mind and work towards it. That is one type of Experimental Mindset. Completely new, and that is what we usually call as an Experimental Mindset. It’s also what we usually assume as Experimentation, but Experimentation can also be different.

The second type of Experimentation is when you know how to do everything, like I have a goal of making a cure, you know. I know all the steps of making the cure, but unless I make it, I won’t be able to actually do it. So, it’s like practice pretty much, like to make an omelette. I know exactly how to make an omelette, how much pinches of salt to put, but unless you actually make it and you actually go and do it, you won’t be able to do it. Same with flipping the omelette.

At first, I used to know exactly how to flip an omelet, but I was scared, I could not do it. For me, at that time, it was not possible, but now I can do it. So, it’s like practice, and over time, I’ve been able to come and get the ability to be able to do it, and that is pretty much it for what Experimental Mindset is. Now I’m going to be talking about how it can be used in our daily life.

How can it be used in our daily life?

So, first of all, we should know about the things that we can do, the experiments that we need to do. Like when flipping, I know how to do it, I know exactly how to do it, but we should not let our weaknesses stop us from doing. Oh no, the oil will splash on me, I can’t go and flip that omelet.

Oh no, this situation will happen if I try to make the cure for the disease. Well, that’s not how it should be. Then you’ll just let the weaknesses get the best of you, and you won’t be able to do anything new at all. Any new thing that pops up, oh no, my body won’t be able to handle it, I can’t do it. So if you let your weaknesses get the best of you, during the time where you actually need to take action, you won’t be able to do much.

So how it can be used in our daily life? You should know what you have to do, and go and do it, not just stay in a corner and see other people fail or succeed. Because once you have to create it, if you don’t create it, there’s a chance that another time someone else goes and does it. Oh no, then he got all the credit, then it’ll just be you whining, and you not being happy personally.

Read the original one from Josh Kaufman here: https://personalmba.com/experimental-mindset/

So that’s pretty much it for this blog, I’ll see you guys next time, bye!

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