Derek Sivers has a new book out.
September 19th, 2022
Your Music and People
He has a passage called "this is a test, this is only a test" in reference to the national radio test for everyone to be aware if some important information needs to be mass distributed.
What he is referring to is the reality that when you are testing something, the outcome is less important at the time than the experiment. When I am testing to see whether fasting makes me feel better, I am no wedded to the outcome. I am curious to the process and the results but not wedded to outcome.
If we spend our lives testing everything, we would learn so much more.
For example, I have been cold plunging for years and each experience was a data point in a scatterplot. Recently, I upped the time and frequency to see what my system and mental state could handle. Outcome is less relevant than the process. If I can handle more, good. If not, good. It turns out that I have no problem sitting in 42F water for 8 minutes. Cool outcome.
To look at this process as a pass fail is to waste the learning that goes along with any test. It is only a test.
Explore the world as if everything is a test. Failure is not the issue.