Experiment more

We know that as we grow up, our childish curiosity gradually disappears. What was interesting to explore becomes well-known, undisputable and boring-trivial. After graduation, we usually decrease our exposure to new ideas and start to feel that we must know it all. In this moment, exactly the opposite is true. We were promoted to official brain muscle deterioration that must be battled with all means. Ironically, the goal of education—to find a well-paid job could be financially, but not necessary mentally supportive. The situation becomes worse when managers don't allow their employees to experiment, fail and learn on the job under the pretext of decreasing organizational performance. This could lead to people working in a machine like mechanical cogs without any intellectual activity for a prolonged periods of time. When we think about Henry Ford asking for more hands instead of more brains, we'll see that the risk of becoming "the next one" is indeed high.

Experimentation is vital for everyone, no matter what we do. Our personal development has no endpoint, but is a long journey, whose path must be well-trodden through our various experimental results as we go. Only this way can we truly understand and fully utilize our real nature, so that we can clearly mark our destination on our own maps. If we can't stick to daily experimentation, we will again turn off the passion lights in our world. In order to maintain momentum, we need to avoid this.

Many successful people succeeded precisely because they experimented tirelessly. Walt Disney wanted to have the perfect Pinnochio, so he made 175 different models of it, before he chose his favorite. For one of his animated shorts, Disney created 22 000 individual drawings. Such effort is still impressive today as it was back then. But it's also not surprising, when Disney admitted that his idol was Thomas Edison—an extraordinary inventor, who failed countless times, but was never discouraged. Edison accepted defects not as failures, but as necessary steps towards success. With this mindset, we owe him over 1000 inventions today, most notably the light bulb.

Computers made experimentation easier, cheaper and faster. Although technology by itself isn't the solution in every case, we can take advantage of it and simulate diverse and much more complex behaviors. But we need to push ourselves constantly out of our comfort zone for this to work, and it's not easy. That said, I myself need to experiment more.