Julie Nelligan PhD | Two Consequences of Trying New Things
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Two Consequences of Trying New Things

IMG_3117Ever have one of those mornings? I’m still laughing about this one!

I was experimenting with Bulletproof Coffee. I don’t like coffee as a general rule. I’ve acquired a taste for latt├ęs, but plain coffee is NOT for me. I like to try new things, though, and so I began. You never know until you try, right?

I’d made the coffee and added butter and coconut oil. I don’t have the fancy ingredients that Dave Asprey recommends. I just wanted to see if the fat improved my experience of coffee. I didn’t like it and I was texting Erin my thoughts. She suggested that blending it might help, so I pulled out the immersion blender. I should have known better!

Note to self, don’t use the immersion blender in a coffee cup.

This photo is a great illustration of two consequences of trying new things.

1. When you try something new, you will probably learn things you didn’t expect to learn. I learned that the immersion blender prefers a large(r) container.

I’ve learned this lesson in a bigger context, too. I’m branching out into social media and the learning curve has been a lot steeper than it looked from the outside. I’m learning about Facebook, Twitter, Blab, Periscope, blogging, outsourcing, WordPress, and the list goes on.

2. You might make a mess (or fail). This experiment failed two ways. I didn’t like coffee AND I made a mess.

Whenever you step outside your comfort zone and try something new, you run the risk of failing, or, at least, making a mess. It’s scary to contemplate the ways you might fail, but failure can be your greatest teacher. My coffee experiment was a tiny failure–I only made a mess. It’s scarier to contemplate people criticizing you or taking a financial risk. Taking the risk of failure is the only way to make progress.

Many times the outcome from trying something new is learning something new, not accomplishing your goal. But just like the story of Thomas Edison inventing the light bulb, every time you try something, you learn something, even if what you learn is “that didn’t work.”

I hope you have a good laugh over my little experiment, just as I did!

 

Julie
julie.nelligan@gmail.com
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