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empiricism in practice

You can’t anticipate how things will work out. What will be a good idea and what won’t. For the most part you have to do your research and analysis, gain insight as much as possible and then pull the trigger on a decision. Only later will you truly know whether or not it was a good call.

For someone with perfectionistic tendencies like me that is terrifying, but it’s the truth of how life works.

The only thing you can do is learn. When you see the results of your decisions and actions you can then make more informed decisions to get you closer to the result you want.

This is effectively empiricism in practice. But it works on projects as well as life.

Don’t waste time regretting something. See it as an opportunity to improve on what you’ve done. Look at the results of what you’ve put out there and use that as a foundation for making better judgements in future.

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Be More Interesting

One way to be more interesting is to be more interested.

Interesting people always have something to say.

Almost everybody is interesting but at different levels. Just as some people are richer than others, so some are more interesting than others.

But everyone can improve their level of interesting-ness.

How?

By being interested.

This is simple input vs output logic.

If you are curious and inquisitive you can increase how interesting you are because by taking in more, you will have more to give out. To be more interesting therefore, try being more interested. Take an interest in things beyond your current interests and you’ll have more interesting things to talk about and share with other people.

This of course comes more naturally to some people but it is a skill that almost anyone can learn.

Observe your world and the world beyond your world. Be curious and stop more often to understand things. Ask questions. Explore and keep looking even after you’ve found what you’re looking for. Then you will have more to give and more interesting things to say.