You don’t know if you don’t try

What would happen if you experimented with something new today?

If you’re used to working on the computer all day, what if you tried working on paper instead? If you typically work with pencils and pens, what if you used just crayons? Instead of taking charge of projects what if you passed them off to a complete stranger? What if you listened to 40’s jazz instead of the latest pop hits when doing your work today?

The thing about experimentation is we can’t accurately predict the outcome. You might think you know how trying something new will turn out, but the reality is that you just won’t know until you try it.

Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking, Fast and Slow summarizes the issue we have succinctly: “We can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our blindness.”

Fortunately for you, experimenting to explore the creative ideas you didn’t even know existed is easy. You just have to do something new.

You don’t have to wait for permission to try something new either, and you won’t know whether the new thing will be worthwhile until you really try it. So what’s stopping you today?

Try experimenting with something new today. Big or small, discover at least one thing you don’t know.

Photo by Rob Dunlavey.