A Permanent Work In Progress

Louis Chew
Jan 30, 2017 · 2 min read

We’re all chasing something. We seek improvements in our thinking. Our habits. Our actions. There’s something we can always get better at. There is no perfect version of ourselves. We’re all a work in progress. We’re all in Beta mode.

Beta is a phase when products or services are still in the midst of being improved. It is a phase which most people and companies hope to exit. For us however, Beta is a mode which we welcome with open arms.

Being in Beta means that we are incomplete. Errors and imperfections are expected. Mistakes are made everyday. It also means that every moment is an opportunity for learning and experimentation. Each exploration and challenge that we attempt gives us feedback, from which we can use to learn and improve ourselves. It is a mode where perfection is not the end goal — only progress.

Embracing a life in permanent beta means that we embrace a phase of exponential personal growth. By staying in Beta, there is no fear of failure. Only the fear that we might never become what we could be.

One ought only to write when one leaves a piece of one’s own flesh in the inkpot, each time one dips one’s pen.

Leo Tolstoy

It is for this reason that I am launching The Beta Mode, a publication that seeks to showcase stories which detail ourselves as a work in progress. We are in particular, looking for stories that display vulnerability. Stories featured here will also revolve around our core themes:

  • Continuous Learning — Self imposed challenges/personal quests to develop new skills or gain new experiences
  • Personal Growth — Reflections on our daily challenges, trials, triumphs and experiences
  • Self Improvement — Stories which aim to improve the human condition
  • Life Lessons —Universal principles which will shorten the learning curve of other readers

Submission

If I’ve managed to interest you into sharing some of your stories, please drop me a line at louis@constantrenewal.com.

Best,
Louis

The Beta Mode

Beta is a phase where we are incomplete, with errors and mistakes being made. It is also a phase where there is rapid learning and experimentation. Being in beta mode is focusing on progress, and not perfection. Here, we embrace beta.

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The Beta Mode

Beta is a phase where we are incomplete, with errors and mistakes being made. It is also a phase where there is rapid learning and experimentation. Being in beta mode is focusing on progress, and not perfection. Here, we embrace beta.

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