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Thinking of things as experiments will allow you to approach life with an open mind and a willingness to learn. It encourages you to be curious about the world and constantly seek new ways of understanding and interpreting your experiences.

At the same time, this mindset helps you remain humble and grounded, recognizing that even as you learn more about a given topic or concept, there will always be much more to explore and understand. It forces you to question your assumptions and consider alternative perspectives, helping you develop more profound insights into the nature of reality.

Furthermore, considering everything as an experiment keeps you motivated and energized. When faced with failure or missteps along the way, you can use them as learning opportunities rather than dwelling on your mistakes or getting discouraged. With this mentality, every moment becomes an opportunity for growth and enrichment, keeping you engaged in the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom.

In short, thinking of things as experiments can help us become better learners and thinkers. It allows us to see the world with a sense of wonder and possibility while also helping us maintain our curiosity, growth mindset, and resilience in facing challenges. Ultimately, this approach to life enables us to truly thrive as we continue on our journey of self-discovery and personal evolution.

But it also removes the pressure of the failing/succeeding paradigm. That’s a limiting way to think about the world and prevents us from living, working, and building out loud. This limited thinking and creativity is not something we gain by pretending the past, present, and future do not exist. Instead, it results from our inability to see or even conceive of events and possibilities beyond our current understanding level.

To put it another way, we all suffer from the delusion of ego, a condition in which one falsely believes that “I,” or the ego, is the center of the universe, the master controller, and the most significant element of life.

In reality, of course, there is no such thing as “I.” The ego is just a device or mediator whenever we interact with something. This mental trick makes us feel like “I” am doing something when it is happening in a much larger context. A context in which life is an experiment, not a linear hero’s narrative where we are the central characters of all existence.

When you sit at a desk, the only thing you can see is that pile of work. But spend time at a window, and you discover that much more is happening. Pause and think in the middle of a crisis, and you will devise an altogether different solution.

When you stop pushing and start observing, you see what’s happening. Stop looking at your to-do list and start looking at the world.

Web3 is still a fucking experiment. All of us are throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks and moves the needle. That’s completely okay; claiming to have it all figured out right now is a game of bullshit, and I’m not buying it.



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Joan Westenberg

Chaotic good. Award winning creative director & writer, ft. in Wired, Inc, SF Chronicle, TNW. Founder thisisstudioself.com