Experiments & Success

Our life is a series of constant experiments.

Every decision we make, small and large, is a type of experiment. Why? Because the future is never certain.

For that reason, we generally make decisions based on effort and probability of succeeding. Our measure of success is often associated with achieving or feeling something.

Some experiments have a higher probability of success than others.

For example, if I exercise I’ll be healthy. Most humans succeed at this experiment. It’s a simple experiment with a low degree of effort and uncertainty. The success often leaves us feeling “right” or accomplished, so we’re likely to experiment again.

Some experiments have a lower probability of success.

For example, if I start a new business I’ll be rich and happy. Most humans fail at this experiment. It’s a complex experiment with a high degree of effort and uncertainty. The failure often leaves us feeling “wrong” or inadequate, so we’re less likely to experiment again.

Why is this important?

Because the real success is in the learning, not the feeling. We learn more when we view life as an ongoing experiment, not a measure of success.

If I fully appreciate the present moment, and realize that my decisions are an experiment, I can let go of all the expectations. I can let go of all the potential success and failure.

The success is no longer probable, it’s realized. I make a decision, I learn from it, and I continue experimenting. It’s no longer about success or failure, it’s about learning.

What experiments are you learning from?


Ali Jafarian

Ali is a creator and coach who's passionate about guiding people to their truth. That's a fancy way of saying he wants to help people realize their most authentic life. He's a family man, entrepreneur, conscious technologist, explorer, podcast host and many other things that inspire him to stay curious and learn. He's also a huge advocate for nature, hiking, adventure, testing physical limits and experiencing the natural world.