Experimentalism

Have you ever come across a word that really resonates with you? The word experiment is a particular favourite of mine. I love the idea of trying something in an exploratory way. I suppose if I were to define myself in anyway it would be as an “experimentalist”. To experiment is to not be scared of failure, but to learn from each step on the road. If you are an audacious goal setter, you almost expect to stumble along the way, but know that with perseverance, the right mindset and resolve you can achieve outstanding results consistently.

Personally, I progress a goal by framing it as an "experiment". This means thats the goal doesn't feel insurmountable or like a challenge that needs to be overcome. I enjoy putting metrics around each goal so that I can understand my own proficiency - and my achievement relative to my original starting point.

Wikipedia describes the term experimentalist as a blanket term for all sorts of scientists engaged more in experimental activity than in the theoretical side of their sciences. This term also indicates a pattern in a person's approach to discovering knowledge. Colloquially, an Experimentalist is defined as "one who prefers to ascertain by finding out." The opposite of an Experimentalist is a Theorist.

The term experimentalist is not limited to science and is frequently used in relation to artists. With this in mind, Cézanne, Mark Twain and Beethoven are examples of famous experimentalists.

My personal experiments and associated insights are highlighted, below. These are also reflected in my Blog, where I share tips and tricks in the hope that my lessons might help you in your pursuit of your own audacious goals.

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