The absolute necessity of trial and error in an examined life

Young, ambitious folks in mass are far more thoughtful in their lifestyle design and career pursuits, divorcing themselves from traditional frameworks of thinking.  As in, no longer is an ideal life defined by a check list grounded in the social expectations of some abstract higher order.  An abstract higher order perpetuated by posterity itself. Undeniably, we may seek similar items on that check list, but an interest in them is not informed by pressure to fit a mold.

We’re asking ourselves more meaningful questions and spending more time understanding the ripple effect of our decisions before tossing the stone in the sea. While this movement isn’t happening in one collective wave effort, there are internal wake up calls alarming within volumes of people nearing escape velocity.

It’s no secret that ‘happiness’ and ‘fulfillment’ have elevated themselves in the millennial buzzword ranks and are littered across the journalistic ecosystem.  It seems somewhat short-sighted to label this as a generational trend and instead investigate if this is actually a rewiring, or rebirth, of human thought process.

Hypothesis: part of the quest in understanding what happiness and fulfillment means exactly, and more largely how we can cultivate a wonderful and balanced life, is to conduct our approach through trial and error.

In science, we charter new territories by testing a series of hypotheses, and pursue results that show traction in the direction of fundamental truths. Fundamental truths in this case being scientific breakthrough.

In startups, we charter new territories by testing a series of hypotheses, and pursue results that show traction in the direction of fundamental truths. Fundamental truths in this case being product-market fit.

Above are just two high-level examples, but all logic considered, not taking the same approach to designing your life is a dangerous blind spot.

In career, use trial and error to test different industries, companies, and roles.

In environment, use trial and error to test different cities, neighborhoods, and homes.

In relationships, use trial and error to test different people, giving, and trust capacity.

In hobbies, use trial and error to test different interests, challenges, and comfort zones.

In self, use trial and error to test different belief systems, ideas, and boundaries.

And so on.  Forget the social standard – we live this life once and must define our own fundamental truths.

Use trial and error to charter new territories and when you find traction in the direction of your fundamental truths, focus and go.

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