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Something New

Sep 06, 2021

Video Blog Transcription:

(00:00):
So I estimate that at least fifty percent of the new things I try just do not work. So that's fifty percent of the new things I try in my business. Fifty percent of the dates and social outings that I go on don't really go anywhere.

Fifty percent of the new things I buy: the new things that I tried, the new books that I read, the new products, the new services that I try are not really worthwhile. Even fifty percent of the new jazz CDs that I buy for my collection just aren't very good.

But the thing is, I don't really know which fifty percent are going to work and which fifty percent are not going to work until I try them.

(00:53):
So this is not a very efficient process, right? I mean, it's time-consuming, expensive, and it expends a lot of energy. And emotionally, it's frustrating and embarrassing. It can even be heartbreaking.

But the thing is, out of this, I get to learn new things and experience new things about the world and myself that I wouldn't have experienced otherwise.

So I suggest that you consider the fifty percent of the things that don't work a cost of doing business. So it's an investment, right? We have to be willing to invest time, energy, and money to see which things work and which things don't.

We have to be willing to risk rejection, disappointment, and embarrassment for these things that can be that way when we try new experiences.

(01:59):
So is it worth it? Well, only you can decide. But for me, it's a small price to pay for the things that work. Because like I said before, the fifty percent that do work change my life. They awaken new things in me.

And maybe ten percent of those things are life-changing in that they totally changed the direction of my life. And I would not have found those things if I wasn't willing to try new things.

But if you are brave enough to risk the new frontier of trying new things, the frontier of the unknown, should we say, you have to be willing to adjust your expectations.

Because that's not fair (ultimately to yourself) to judge yourself and beat yourself up over the things that don't work, over the money that you seemingly wasted, and the time and the effort.

(03:01):
Of course, you didn't really waste these things, but that's a matter of perspective. So that's what I'm suggesting is that you adjust and change your perspective.

Because the bottom line is: either try new things or don't try new things. But if you do, be willing to understand and accept the odds of the game that you're playing.

So that is my video for this week. Thank you for watching. I hope you have a great week and that you're willing to try new things, accept the things that don't work, and find some things that do. I will see you in a week.

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