This week’s snippet of life advice comes from the most unlikely of sources - my brother and podcast co-host Taimur
It addresses that classic decision-making conundrum in which we’re torn between doing something vs not doing it. We could go to that party which we might not enjoy, or we could stay at home instead and watch Netflix. We haven’t been to enough of these sorts of parties to figure out 100% whether we’d enjoy it, but we’ve certainly seen enough Netflix to know that there’s plenty more to get through.
The issue with the party (and this can be extended to all sorts of other decisions as well) is that we have to make the decision based on limited data. We don’t know how we’d feel when we get there, but we feel like we have to predict that in order to decide whether to go.
Taimur’s solution in this context (and in many others) is to do the thing and see what happens. If we enjoy it, great - we enjoyed the party, and it’s a data point for future reference that “we generally enjoy these sorts of things”. If we don’t enjoy it, great - it’s a data point for future reference that “we generally don’t enjoy these sorts of things”. Either way, it’s a win because at the very least, attending the party was a data-gathering exercise.
This feels like a more pretentious (and therefore more legit) way of framing the I’ll try anything once philosophy that I’m a big fan of.
Have a great week!