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Think Like A Bloody Mad Scientist

Treat your life like a series of experiments - because it is. Here's how to do it to maximize the results.


Whether it's a goal related to your personal life or career or even a new business idea you want to validate - turn yourself into a bloody mad scientist and test the sh*t out of it.


Let's start with some backstory.


In 2017, I got interested (quite heavily) in neurobiology, biohacking and self-optimization. My goal was to create an ultimate solution that would help me and other people to actually think and live better according to science. Old times, dumb times. I really thought everyone wants to improve themselves and understand science.


I dived into multiple (mostly online) resources, from Ben Greenfield's books and podcasts, through Dave Asprey's blog, to Biohacker's Handbook. I've been reading those during high school classes and at night (with a flashlight on, sitting under my duvet), then in between meetings with my clients when I started my business.


When I wasn't training my memory for the competitions, or catching up on schoolwork, I was reading popular science books and academic textbooks, taking notes by hand in a dedicated journal - don't judge me, I didn't even own a laptop back then, so I had to do it the vintage style.


At one point, I tried to connect it all with ayurvedic principles, but to be honest, I lacked the discipline (and well... financial resources - ghee is quite costly here!) to keep on.


However, these concepts kept being in the back of my mind. To be honest, I still use my acupressure mat, meditate (well... not so often, sadly) and drink Yerba maté.


Sometimes I try another "biohacking hack" out of curiosity to test whether it's gonna work for me. Same with any new productivity system that seems to be interesting. I find a new thing to dive into and test it practically asap.


I think this is the most important trait of any person who wants to succeed - the ability to turn yourself into a human with beakers and flasks in both hands and a look of pure madness in the eyes. Okay, I'm exaggerating here a bit. But just a little bit.


Treat your life like a series of experiments

So, let's get into the methodology!


What is an experiment?

What do I mean by "experiment?"


Let's put aside the conservative definition of scientific experiment - let's speak to the general spirit of science instead:


To experiment is to try something new, especially in order to gain experience.


That is our definition. It's all about trying and winning (or failing). And making sure you know why these results occurred.


The method of experimentation (the boring-sounding way):


Characterizations

In this stage, you conduct basic research, mostly by observation and measurements of the subject of inquiry.


Hypotheses (theoretical, hypothetical explanations of observations and measurements of the subject)

What are you testing? Are you going to find out how a month without caffeine or a buzz will influence your mental health and/or brain functions? Or maybe you want to join a 100 days of workout challenge? Turn it into a hypothesis.

Examples:

- "Going caffeine-free will improve the quality of my sleep."

- "Working out for 100 days straight will make me lose belly fat."


Gather any resources you may find helpful during the experimentation stage. It could be scientific research, online articles, YouTube videos, or books. Keep them all in one place, where you can easily reach them when you need them.


Predictions (reasoning, including logical deduction from the hypothesis or theory)

What results do you expect? What would you like to achieve?


Examples:

- "After 100 days of working out and following the keto diet, I will lose X percent of body fat"

- "After 1 month of being caffeine-free I will improve the quality of my sleep/fix my sleeping schedule"


How will you measure the results?


Examples:

- "I will weigh myself daily"

- "I will get my body percentage measured every week on Mondays"

- "I will use an app to track my sleep every day"


Experiments (tests of all of the above)

Okay, this is the funny part.


Create a Google Sheet (don't roll your eyes yet please), a Notion page, a Word document, or even prepare a physical notebook and a pen. Make sure you don't lose it easily, though. It'd suck!


Decide on the form of your entries - ideally, you'd write how is the experiment going daily. It must be easy to fill with information and insights, hard to destroy accidentally, and clear enough to analyze the content later on.


For example, if you decided to follow the 100 Days of Workouts and Keto challenge, you'd probably want to include:

- habit tracker

- workout plans

- meal plans

- keto recipes

- daily log pages (to write down how sore your muscles are and how amazing you feel)

- your measurements


This is what you need to do in this stage:

  • create a space (digital or physical) to store your and progress

  • make a plan and stick to it

  • write daily in your "experimentation journal" to not to lose any important insights


Try not to finish them halfway and do not run multiple experiments at the same time as it can heavily influence the results and their credibility. Sure, you can run 5 experiments at the same time, but I wouldn't do that if you're a beginner "scientist" as you're learning how to do it properly.


Analysis & interpretation

After the experiment is finished, get your journal and analyze the results. Are these the same results you expected? What went wrong? What did you do right? If something didn't go as planned, what could be a potential reason? Are you satisfied? Or maybe you want to run the experiment again?


Carefully examine the progress you've made. What could you do differently next time? What would you want to keep doing? Write it all down.


The method of experimentation (simplified for people who dislike science for some reason):


Basically, all you have to do is:

  1. Find new ideas

  2. Build prototypes fast

  3. Test the sh*t out of them

  4. Iterate on the results.

Does it work? Keep on doing it and optimize accordingly.


It doesn't work? Why? Stop and analyze.


This is actually what I do currently with my team from the accelerator program. We came up with a few potential blockchain-based products, created simple landing pages, and posted our offer on social media and online forums. Now we're checking whether people actually are interested in them. If not, we're either going to choose the product that got the most interest from potential clients or find some new ideas to validate.


To sum it up

Want to succeed? Experiment. Do it like a bloody mad scientist. Use what you already have om hand to avoid procrastination. Don't try to be perfect: it's just a personal experiment, you're not trying to find a cure for cancer after all. You will fail many times, but ultimately you'll find what works best for you. Remember: if you keep doing nothing, nothing will happen. Good luck!

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