The tried and true way is the right way

July 09, 2021

If you’ve ever taken a dog for a walk, you’ve probably noticed how curious puppies are. A fifteen-minute walk would take an hour because the dog would be interested in every tree along the route, would stop to smell everything, and would even try to taste every leaf on the road. The dog would occasionally wonder what other items tasted like, from used tissue paper to rotting fruit that had fallen to the ground. It appears like it never tires of attempting new things, whereas I am unconcerned by nature when every tree along the road seems the same.

This dog reminds me that the tried-and-true method is always the best. How will the dog know if the food is excellent or bad if it stops exploring? From a human standpoint, it appears absurd to try to stuff everything into its mouth. It’s also pointless to attempt to chase down a passing motorcycle. The puppy, on the other hand, perceives a world full of adventure. A short walk might be full of challenges from larger dogs, which may appear out of nowhere and bark at you with excessive aggression. Alternatively, if the dog is lucky, it could be a beautiful night to meet and breed with other gorgeous canines. If the dog is unlucky, it may flee from its owner and become lost in a dangerous city, unable to return to its haven. How would the dog know the appropriate way back home if it didn’t pay attention to details on every single tree along the route out of curiosity? The ability to devote a large amount of energy to new endeavours is a virtue of living in this world of uncertainty.

Adults, on the other hand, may lose enthusiasm in attempting new things. We fall back into old habits, cease learning new skills, and stop paying attention to the news. If we have a faulty core belief, it will be difficult to modify. When it comes to fake news, you should be sceptical and try to verify the facts. Take the side that has been tried and tested many times before and has proven to be effective.

As I grow older, I am sometimes more concerned with the end result than the process. Consider walking the dog; it makes sense for a human to complete the trail in fifteen minutes rather than an hour if they stop at every tree. What we missed, though, was slowing downtime so that we could enjoy the aroma of the flowers, see the beauty of the buildings along the road, and marvel at nature with a beautiful sky atop a full moon and millions of stars. Instead of focusing solely on productivity, we can learn a lot from them.

The approach involves people experimenting with the truth on their own rather than being informed without our participation. With the ability to execute large numbers of trials swiftly and cheaply, continuous improvement is conceivable. This way is true not only in personal life but also in corporate culture. Employees could be encouraged to come up with any suggestions, no matter how crazy, that they think could help improve something. We may easily conduct online testing by comparing the reactions of a randomly selected set of users who see a new feature or function to those in a control group who are unaware of the change. The concepts that succeed based on preset criteria could then be combined.

Success is attained by regularly conducting tests and making experimentation and invention part of the culture and an expected part of daily work. Even if they are disruptive in the short term, people at all levels must learn to value surprises. It is funny that when we notice that someone complete the tasks too easily and smoothly, we would likely predict that there are problems in the task.

With uncertainty, be patient. Invoke your natural curiosity by asking inquiries. Allow yourself to let go of perfection and fall, then rise again. Fail to learn or learn to fail. There isn’t any other option. When we observe the dog chewing garbage like a fool, we should be more empathetic and accept defects and shortcomings; we were once as dumb as him when we were babies and receptive to learning. It’s an important step in the process.

Consider what you want to learn as one of the finest methods to get started experimenting with the world. Make a conscious effort to understand it in front of others. Find a setting, listen to what people are saying, and start noticing what they aren’t saying. Forget about being an expert or a professional; maintain a beginner’s mindset and put in the necessary effort. As you begin to experiment, you will learn a great deal, and you will start to notice new chances everywhere.

Mental experimenting will encourage you to go beyond what you’re most comfortable with. Many people follow the same routines and use the same limited selection of approaches to learning everything. As a result, individuals have a hard time understanding many things since they don’t know how to do them properly. Copying examples, doing tests, and pushing to extremes are strategies for moving outside your ingrained routines and attempting something different. This method will teach you abstract learning principles and basic learning strategies tailored to your personality, interests, and strengths.

Learning is a form of trial and error in and of itself. Direct practice, receiving feedback, and attempting to conjure the correct answers to issues are all strategies to adapt your mental knowledge and skills to the real world. Experiment with different methods and pick the one that works best for you.

To enter the appropriate mental state for experimenting, you must regard your abilities as something you can better and recognize that you have many potentials to realize. When you don’t get what you desire, you acquire experience.

To figure out what you want out of life, you must first live it. We must take action to experience how to achieve a wonderful life, not just sit and ponder about it. Living the tried and true path is the best way to discover our true desires, purpose, and pleasure.


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