5 Benefits of Adopting an Experimental Mindset

Learn something. Try something. Improve something. Repeat.

Michael Thompson
Published in
6 min readMar 19, 2018


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However, all the knowledge in the world is worthless, if we do not follow the words from Clausewitz in the title of this article — and turn knowledge into capability.

“It is necessary to combine knowledge born from study with sincere practice in our daily lives. These two must go together.” — Dalai Lama

I used to think that my greatest strength was my curiosity. However, this was a lie.

True curiosity, like the Dalai Lama alluded to above, is a combination of both being a student — and being a doer. Up until about two years ago, I was only a student. I would spend my days learning, but I rarely put into practice the words that resonated with me, and when I did, I never followed it up by sharing what I learned with the world to get feedback.

Being eager to learn is important. However, in order to begin making the switch from good to great, you must take your curiosity two steps further.

You must tinker with what you are learning, and you must take the time to evaluate the results of, “said tinkering,” in order to make the necessary adjustments on the road to right — aka becoming a “thoughtful doer” (how I interpret the Dalia Lama’s words of “sincere practice”).

In order to do this you must adopt an, “experimental mindset,” which consists of three steps: learning, testing (putting your ideas out into the world) and evaluating.



Michael Thompson

Co-creator of two cool kids • Storytelling Coach •.Fast Co., Insider, Forbes • Free storytelling guide here: https://bit.ly/3h1KZeT