Saturday, November 28, 2015

Life Progress Through Dabbling and Experimentation

Most things that happened in my life, happened because of me dabbling and experimenting with life. I started running, traveling and got into lot of activities and habits as I dabbled my way through them.

Dabbling also helped me figure out what I like and don't like. Dabbling helped me set goals and see if those goals are important to me or not. I typically get excited about lot of things and want to do lot of things but that excitement might not carry along and be there forever. Dabbling and experimenting helped me figure out if my curiosity and enthusiasm will last for that particular activity or task.

I typically set  yearly goals  and also write down to-do lists for days. I frequently review my notes on my iPhone to see if I am on track for my goals, if I am not I create the to-do items to focus on my goals. If I repeatedly missed something that could mean I haven't been focusing on my goals or that goal is not a priority or as exciting as it was when I first thought about it.

I always questioned myself "Why am I not doing what I want to do ?" Few of the reasons I could come up with my rational brain are

  • I am distracted by other things (social media, Internet etc)
  • That has not been my priority/Lack of focus/Just forgot about it
  • Doing too many things or too much too soon.
I have started to write things down which is also helping me remember some of the things I want to do, some of the things I want to dabble in and experiment with.

Dabbling has helped me get into
  • Running
  • Traveling
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Public Speaking
  • Swimming
  • Rock Climbing
  • Hiking
  • Improv
  • Startups/Products/Companies
  • Saving/Investing/Earning
Dabbling made me run and travel in different states, countries and continents, made me a reader and writer. I also plan to release an ebook on amazon that covers topics like

  • How to run a marathon in 50 states and 7 continents while trying not to have a 9-5 job
  • How to live minimally, leading a location independent and debt free lifestyle using
    • -- CouchSurfing, AirBnB, hostels
    • -- Uber/Lyft
    • -- Sprig/Munchery/Blue Apron
    • -- Khan Academy/Udemy etc
Will see what else I might dabble and experiment with to accomplish the goals and make progress in life while growing adventurously.

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